The Cowichan Green Community (CGC) is partnering with the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation to deliver delicious, hot meals via the Meals on Wheels program to seniors and the infirm living in the Duncan area. Vicki Holman, Executive Director of the Foundation says, “With community partnerships like this we are able to serve our seniors and others to support each other in our charitable endeavours.” The Foundation seeks to provide services to the seniors and the CGC’s mission is food security. “The melding of missions is an example of how community organizations can work together to have a broader impact than working alone,” says Holman. “We have already experienced some cross over with our volunteers and expect to leverage each other’s reputations in the community.”
The Meals on Wheels program is reliant on volunteers for the delivery service. A regular roster of 15 volunteers delivers meals each day regardless of statutory holidays. While Holman admits there are challenges to running a volunteer program, the rewards are inspiring. “The program ensures that people who don’t have the capacity for meal preparation are able to remain in the community. This basic activity of living could be the difference for someone living independently or requiring the next step of supported living elsewhere. We have a belief that as long as you can be sustained and safe in your own home you should have a say in where you choose to live.”
Judy Stafford, Executive Director of CGC is thrilled with this new partnership. “We feel healthy food is the cornerstone of a healthy community. Through all our programming, we strive to ensure everyone in our community has increased access to food regardless of income, abilities, and age. We are excited that everyone who accesses Meals on Wheels is happy with the food we are providing to them and we have a whole range of tasty and nutritional menu items, prepared by our Red Seal Chef.”
The Meals on Wheels program offers a dinner time meal, delivered hot, that includes a main course, soup (or salad in the summer) and dessert for seniors, people with disabilities and people recovering from illness or injury. Last year the Foundation volunteer drivers delivered over 3500 meals. The service is available up to six days per week with an option for a frozen meal for Sundays at a cost to the clients of $6.50 per regular meal and $8.50 for a large one. To inquire about becoming a volunteer driver or signing up as a client for the program readers may call 250-715-6481.