Meals on Wheels Association (MOWAN) announced today that October is Community Support Month. Community Support month is celebrated across Ontario and is an opportunity to acknowledge and raise awareness of the value of supports available in our region. October 5 – October 9, 2020 is Meals on Wheels week. Each week, dedicated volunteers deliver approximately 1500 hot meals and 1350 frozen meals to individuals living in the Niagara Region. This valuable program helps individuals live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. As Ontario’s population ages, community support services will become even more important.
Meals on Wheels is not only designed to ensure that vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities receive a nutritious meal but also ensures that these individuals are checked on regularly. This vital safety net allows people to remain healthier and independent in their own homes. This has never been as important as it has been this year. This year, the COVID pandemic further isolated those who were already feeling the effects of loneliness and isolation. Food security was also a very real issue for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Meals on Wheels programs were able to ensure that those in need received nutritious meals during the height of the pandemic.
Carolyn Askeland, MOWAN Co-Chair says, “Highlighting the Meals on Wheels program annually draws attention to needs of individuals in our local communities. It is an opportunity for those who may not know about the program to become aware of the resources that are available to them. It is also an opportunity to thank the individuals who have stepped forward to volunteer their time and those who financially supported the Meals on Wheels Programs across the Niagara Region.”
The Meals on Wheels Association of Niagara is a partnership of Meals on Wheels agencies across the Niagara Region. Each Meals on Wheels program relies heavily on the kind donations received in all communities within the Region. For more information or to donate, please visit http://www.mealsonwheelsniagara.ca/ or call the toll free number, 1-877-665-6325. MOWAN is comprised of the following Meals on Wheels agencies:
Meals on Wheels Port Colborne (servicing Port Colborne and Wainfleet and surrounding areas)
Meals on Wheels Niagara Falls (servicing Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding areas) Meals on Wheels Fort Erie (servicing the Greater Fort Erie area)
Community Support Services of Niagara (servicing West Niagara, Welland and Pelham and surrounding areas)
Each Meals on Wheels agency is a volunteer based, not-for-profit agency that provides services to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently in their own homes.