Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program that provides hot nutritious meals to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. The Meals on Wheels program in the West Island began in a church kitchen in Lachine in 1969. Now, more than 800 volunteer shoppers, cooks, and drivers work in 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens throughout the West Island. Volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired workers, business professionals, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and many others. Their combined efforts allow over 400 people, who have been referred through hospitals, CLSCs and rehabilitation centers, to receive hot lunches at minimal cost. These fresh, home-cooked meals include a balanced main dish and a dessert prepared by volunteers, and delivered directly to the door by volunteers.
For more information please call (514) 457-5445, ext. 225.
Volunteer West Island has opened a new Meals on Wheels (MOW) kitchen in Dollard-des-Ormeaux with the gracious collaboration of Mayor Alex Bottausci, the City of DDO, and the Sports, Leisure and Culture Department.
The Valentine’s Day inauguration ceremony comprised an official ribbon-cutting, as well as the presentation of members of the new DDO MOW Steering Committee. Several of the 40 registered volunteer cooks, drivers, and deliverers were on hand, ready to deliver! Following the formal opening, guests were invited to stay for refreshments and meet the DDO MOW team.
“We’re excited about it,” Bottausci stated. “It’s about community – looking after one another. When you nourish someone, you are looking after someone. If we don’t do this, some of our senior citizens will remain isolated”.
Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven program that promotes quality of life and breaks isolation by providing security checks and a home-cooked, nutritious hot meal to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy. “It is important to know that we are not an emergency food service,” Volunteer West Island Executive Director Lynda Barrett explained. “It’s more about a friendly visit once or twice a week. The food is the tool we use to gain access to the home and keep an eye on the client.” Often the MOW delivery is the only connection some have with the community. To obtain the MOW service one requires a referral from health-care professionals, such as CLSCs, hospitals, or physicians.
MOW volunteers have been delivering food and smiles to hundreds of housebound clients in the community for 50 years. The new Dollard-des-Ormeaux kitchen joins the MOW Family just in time for the upcoming MOW Week in Quebec, March 17th – 23rd. With 13 MOW kitchens now operationg across the West Island and the Borough of Lachine, MOW will be able to surpass the number of 43,000 hot meals delivered in 2017-2018! For more information about Meals on Wheels please contact Volunteer West Island: (514) 457-5445