Charlene Habkirk from ATB Financial picks up the packages of meals on wheels which have been prepared at Valley Park Manor last Thursday. ATB is one of the Rimbey businesses whose employees deliver the meals on wheels. Treena Mielke Photo

Volunteers needed for meals on wheels

Meals on wheels offers great option for shut ins

By Treena Mielke

Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program offered in Rimbey that ensures seniors and those with mobility issues receive a hot, balanced lunch delivered by volunteers.

The program, which is operated through Rimbey Family Community Support Services and Rimbey Community Home Help Services Association is available at a nominal cost and includes a hot entree of chicken, fish or beef, vegetables, fruit and dessert.

Meals are served in plastic containers which keep the food hot until it is delivered. Most meals are prepared at Valley View Manor, but Evergreen Co-op has also helped out with preparation.

Aaron Mones, volunteer programs coordinator for Rimbey FCSS said the program is popular and is an excellent way to ensure residents may stay in their homes. As well as dropping off a hot meal, the recipient of the meals on wheels has an opportunity to have contact with another person.

“Sometimes that volunteer who is delivering their lunch may be the only person they see in a day,” Mones said.

“It’s a fantastic program and it helps me stay in my own home and it provides balanced meals”, said one person who uses the program.

“I wouldn’t be able to make that standard of meals on my own,” said another recipient.

Anyone who is interested in utilizing the Meals on Wheels program may contact FCSS at 403-843-2030. Meals cost $8.25. Clients are given a menu so they can select the meals they would like delivered in advance.

Mones said there are dedicated volunteers who help with the program, but more volunteers are needed.

He noted it takes about an hour to complete deliveries.

Volunteers are required to complete a vulnerable sector criminal record check and have a valid Alberta driver’s licence.

Volunteers may be individuals or be part of a business or other organization.

“Volunteering does make a positive difference in the community,” said Mones.

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