Hot, frozen meals available through Community Care

March 2022 marks the 20th annual International March for Meals campaign. This annual campaign began in the United States to increase public awareness and to ensure that seniors, caregivers and others know about Meals on Wheels. Another component to the campaign is to bring awareness that will result in recruiting new volunteers. Meals on Wheels America created the March for Meals as a way to commemorate the month in 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, the March for Meals has grown into a full-scale awareness, fundraising and volunteer recruitment campaign involving and supporting the network of local Meals on Wheels programs and going international to involve other countries including Canada.

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization in the US supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across America that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. Prince Edward Community Care has available both hot and frozen Meals on Wheels that are very tasty and low in sodium. Special diets can be accommodated. Requests for meals are received from seniors, their family and caregivers, physicians and others. These meals are delivered to the door of seniors by friendly volunteers. The delivery also serves as a security check.

Community Care supports seniors to live independently at home. Services include delivery of hot and frozen meals, transportation to medical appointments & shopping, monthly curbside pick up meals for seniors, help with Income Tax, reassurance programs, caregiver support, homemaking, yard work and home maintenance and delivery programs. The agency is partly funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by donations and fundraising efforts.

For information about Meals on Wheels, other programs to help seniors live at home, or volunteer opportunities, call Community Care at 613-476-7493 or www.communitycareforseniors.org

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes