Local mayors and special guests are rallying together on Thursday, March 21 to spread awareness about Meals on Wheels, an invaluable program that delivers a nutritious meal, a smile and a safety check, to help local seniors and adults with disabilities live in their own homes.
“March for Meals is an opportunity to celebrate the very people who built our community,” said Will Pace, Executive Director of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). “Our population is aging and for our neighbours struggling with access to food, Meals on Wheels is a proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, levels of government, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.”
CSC hosts their annual Mayors for Meals event as part of the larger March for Meals, an internationally recognized campaign held during the month of March where local Meals on Wheels programs reach out to the community to inspire support, whether by donating, volunteering or helping spread the word.
Mayors and other guests are joining volunteers on one of their regular delivery routes to experience firsthand the difference the program makes in the lives of clients and volunteers. The agency opens up the invitation to all local dignitaries to join a volunteer on any day during the month.
For clients like 68-year-old Jack Nevard, Meals on Wheels is a lifesaver. After a health scare, doctors told Jack to get help with shopping and cooking, or he would have to consider moving into a care facility. Diagnosed with?cerebral palsy as a child, Jack worked for decades to stay independent and with the help of Meals on Wheels, he is able to stay in the home he loves.
“The volunteers are special,” said Nevard. “I usually don't accept people's help because I've been taught to look after myself. But when they come in, they make me laugh.”
Nutrition is one of the key pillars at CSC, improving food security and ensuring our most vulnerable neighbours have access to well balanced, affordable meals, as well as other practical supports to help them stay independent.
“Meals on Wheels relieves some of the pressure on an already burdened healthcare system,” said Pace. “Helping to keep people in their own homes benefits the entire community and saves in healthcare costs.”
On Thursday, March 21, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Regional Chair Karen Redman, Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch, representatives from the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, and other local personalities are arriving at 11:00 AM at CSC’s Breslau Office, located at 61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0. Dignitaries will depart for the Meals on Wheels route at 11:15 AM.
On Friday, March 22, Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry is arriving at 10:30 AM at CSC’s Cambridge Depot, located at Fiddlesticks Community Centre, 71 Cowan Boulevard, Cambridge, Ontario, N1T 1K7. Mayor McGarry will depart for the Meals on Wheels route at 10:45 AM.