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  • Meals on Wheels Blenheim Expands into Underserviced Areas

    Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent is proud to announce that the Blenheim Meals on Wheels program is expanding its services to include the Tilbury, Merlin, North and South Buxton areas.

    Service to these areas will begin on Monday, September 24th and new client applications are currently being accepted. The cost per meal is $6.00 and clients may receive meals up to three days per week on a short or long term basis.

    The Blenheim Meals on Wheels program has been operating for over 25 years serving residents of Blenheim, Charing Cross, Shrewsbury, Erieau, Erie Beach, Cedar Springs, Deal Town and Port Alma. This program serves meals at suppertime on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

    If you or someone you love would like to receive the Meals on Wheels service we encourage you to call Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent at 519-351-MEAL (6325). Online registration and additional information can also be found at www.mealsonwheelsck.com. No referral is necessary.


  • Mayor Randy Hope thanks all of the dedicated Meals on Wheels Volunteers

    Mayors for Meals Awareness


  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

    Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent Program


  • Program Delivers More Than Meals

    One of Chatham’s many senior citizens received a brief noon-hour visit Wednesday from Mayor Randy Hope.

    Hope stopped by Helen Glassco’s home as part of the nationwide Meals on Wheels’ Mayors for Meals campaign.

    The mayor accompanied Jean Staddon, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for the past 15 years.

    Glassco, who is in her mid- 80s, receives meals from Meals on Wheels three days a week.

    The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about hunger among seniors and encouraging action by the local community.

    “We were pleased Mayor Hope was able to join us on our first Mayors for Meals campaign,” said Kari White, operations manager at St. Andrew’s Residence.

    The Chatham Meals on Wheels program operates from St. Andrew’s Residence and 120 clients are served a hot meal three times a week.

    White said the organization is attempting to raise awareness of seniors’ nutrition needs in the community and also hopes to attract corporate sponsors.

    “The service is more than just a hot meal,” she said. “It’s a chance to chat for a minute or two and reassure seniors that people are looking out for them.”

    “The food is great,” said Glassco. “And there is usually enough in one serving to last for two days. I really appreciate the program.”

    “Both healthy eating and the well-being of our seniors are responsibilities that we all need to take seriously,” said Hope.

    He said the program goes a long way in allowing seniors to remain in their homes.

    “Many of today’s seniors were raised during an era when people chose not to rely on others to help make their way through life,” he said. “But there is nothing wrong with asking for a hand-up in this day and age.”

    The Meals on Wheels Association of America introduced the Mayors for Meals campaign in 2006 to increase public awareness and recruit new volunteers.

    In Chatham-Kent there are four centres currently preparing and delivering meals to individuals in their communities.

    The centres are located in Chatham, Blenheim, Dresden and Ridgetown.

    For volunteer opportunities, donations to the program or to sign up for the program contact Meals on Wheels at St. Andrew’s Residence at 519- 354-0791.

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    St. Andrew’s participating in International Mayors For Meals campaign

    The Meals on Wheels program at St. Andrew’s Residence in Chatham announced yesterday that it will participate in the International 2011 Mayors For Meals campaign on Wednesday, March 16.

    Mayor Randy Hope will join volunteers to deliver wholesome meals to community seniors. The campaign is part of the wider March For Meals campaign that is held each March to raise public awareness about hunger among seniors and to encourage action by the local community.

    “We are very pleased that Mayor Hope can join us in our very first Mayors For Meals campaign,” said Kari White, Operations Manager of St. Andrew’s Residence. “We hope to raise awareness of seniors’ nutrition needs in our community. The service is more than just a hot meal – it’s a chance to chat for a minute or two and reassure seniors that people are looking out for them.”

    “Both healthy eating and the wellbeing of our seniors are responsibilities that we all need to take seriously,” said Mayor Hope. “That’s why I am very happy to have been invited to take part in this promotional campaign.”

    The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) introduced the Mayors For Meals campaigns in 2006 as an add-on to the already-successful March For Meals campaigns across the continent. The campaigns not only increase public awareness but recruit new volunteers and increase funding for local Meals On Wheels organizations.

    In Chatham-Kent, there are four centres currently preparing and delivering meals to individuals in their communities and surrounding areas. They are in Blenheim, Dresden, Chatham and Ridgetown. For volunteer opportunities, donations to the program, or if you or a loved one would benefit from a hot meal delivered to your door, please contact Meals On Wheels at St. Andrew’s Residence at (519) 354-0791. Volunteers would be happy to assist you.