Meals filling a growing need

A program that has been serving a community need for over a year now is growing by leaps and bounds

A program that has been serving a community need for over a year now is growing by leaps and bounds.

When the Meals on Wheels program first started delivering out of the Schubert Centre to seniors in August 2013, there were 18 people registered in four zones in the Vernon area.

“We were delivering 21 meals on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays,” said Deanna Toporchak,  co-ordinator.

There are now more than 65 people registered, in six different zones, with some clients receiving meals to cover every day of the week.

“This program has had a huge increase since starting just over a year ago and has proved to be very successful and extremely needed in the local community.”

Along with a fantastic group of volunteers, who take turns delivering, others are pitching in to serve. From service organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus and the St. James Catholic Women’s League, to a local lawyers’ office, Kidston and Co., have volunteered to help deliver. There are even two former clients who are now delivering meals.

“There is an old saying that goes something like this, ‘What goes around, comes around’ and this is proving true with this program,” said Toporchak. “The response from the community has been overwhelming with everyone recognizing the need for this program.”