This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Quebec! Half a century of making a crucial difference in the lives of others.
Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-driven program, provides hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors and to those with reduced autonomy, helping them remain at home, enjoying as high a quality of life and autonomy as possible, for as long as possible.
Slightly younger, but equally important, the Meals on Wheels program in the West Island began in a church kitchen in Lachine in 1969. Coordinated by Volunteer West Island, this essential service has more than 800 volunteer shoppers, cooks, kitchen clean-up crew, drivers, and deliverers who work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens across the West Island, providing clients with a better quality of life and making it possible for them to remain in their own homes.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired workers, business professionals, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, and many others. In the West Island their combined efforts allow over 400 people referred through hospitals, CLSCs, and rehabilitation centers to receive nourishing hot lunches at minimal cost.
The demand for services is rising as our population ages; the need for MOW volunteers is increasing as well. New volunteers are welcome in all the Meals on Wheels kitchens in the West Island. Two to three hours of your time once a month will make a difference to those in need.
To volunteer, please visit the Volunteer West Island web site www.cabvwi.org, click on “Volunteering” on the Front Page, and complete the online volunteer form. Please call (514) 457-5445 #227 for more information.
For information about the Meals on Wheels Program, please call intake at (514) 457-5445 #225.