Meals on wheels provides valuable community service

The value of eating hot, nutritious meals cannot be emphasized enough

Carl and Helen Coers volunteer to take Meals on Wheels around to Rimbey residents who are presently using the service. Volunteers regularly deliver Meals on Wheels which are prepared at Parkland Manor.

Carl and Helen Coers volunteer to take Meals on Wheels around to Rimbey residents who are presently using the service. Volunteers regularly deliver Meals on Wheels which are prepared at Parkland Manor.

The value of eating hot, nutritious meals cannot be emphasized enough, but sometimes, due to ill health or a physical disability, it is impossible to prepare such a meal for yourself.

That’s where Meals on Wheels comes in.

The FCSS program is a popular one in Rimbey and sometimes more than 20 meals are taken to shut-ins, said executive director Peggy Makofka.

“The need for hot, nutritious meals brought to the home is increasing,” she said.

Makofka said the main purpose of Meals on Wheels is to improve the nutritional status of the individuals receiving the service. As well as providing healthy food, Meals on Wheels provides social contact for people living at home, allows the disabled and elderly to maintain their independence as long as possible and serves as a check-up service on the well-being of the recipient.

As Rimbey has primarily an elderly population, Meals on Wheels is especially helpful in assisting residents who may wish to continue to live in their own home but are not prepared to cook their own meals.

The program is also available to those who may need it short-term.

Meals in Rimbey are prepared at Parkland Manor and delivered to the recipient by volunteers.

Makofka said volunteers usually deliver the meals on a schedule.

“We even have a couple businesses in town who let their staff take a turn at delivering meals,” she said. “We have wonderful volunteers but we can always use more.”