March 21, 2018
Local mayors delivering Meals on Wheels tomorrow
WATERLOO REGION – Local mayors are rolling up their sleeves to deliver hot and nutritious Meals on Wheels tomorrow, helping local seniors and adults with disabilities live independently in their own homes.
Hosted by Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), Mayors for Meals is part of the larger March for Meals - a month long, internationally recognized campaign the agency is using to recruit volunteers for their Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs.
Throughout the month, local dignitaries interested in learning more about the programs are invited to join volunteers on their meal delivery routes, or visit one of their dining locations.
“With changing trends in volunteerism, we are reaching out to those able to give back once a week over their lunch,” said Rosalind Horne, Director of Engagement and Responsiveness at CSC. “For those struggling with hunger and isolation, Meals on Wheels is an important link to the community that helps them stay in their own home.”
CSC prepares and delivers up to 350 Meals on Wheels each weekday, serving Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and North Dumfries. Community Dining offers the same meal in a social community setting.
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, and representatives from the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) are delivering meals from CSC’s Breslau Office located at 61 Woolwich Street North at 11:00am on Thursday, March 22.
Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig and North Dumfries Mayor Sue Foxton are delivering meals from CSC’s Cambridge Depot located beside YMCA Immigrant and Employment Services, 258 Hespeler Road at 10:30am on the same day.
Media are invited to arrive between 10:15am and 10:30am in Cambridge or between 10:45am and 11:00am in Breslau. Please let CSC know ahead of time if you would like to follow a dignitary on a route to interview clients and volunteers.
As long time volunteers are retiring, CSC is looking to fill multiple positions. CSC currently has 14 open routes in Kitchener and 3 open routes in Cambridge.
Interested volunteers can apply online at communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/apply/ or call 519‑772‑8787.
Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) offers 11 different programs and services including Meals on Wheels, free gentle exercise classes, and transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store.
While most of CSC’s programs are free, Meals on Wheels requires a fee for service to help reimburse volunteer mileage and combat rising food costs.
In order to ensure services are accessible to anyone who needs them, CSC offers subsidies which rely on the generosity of the community through their participation in fundraising events and individual and corporate donations.
Over 700 volunteers help support CSC’s small staff in serving 7,195 of our neighbours in Waterloo Region.
For more information please contact:
Director of Engagement and Responsiveness
519-772-8787 x 225