Colin Mayes

Colin Mayes

Meals program gains assistance

Schubert Centre relaunches Meals on Wheels program for seniors

Seniors unable to leave home will still have access to a nutritious lunch.

Vernon’s Schubert Centre is relaunching the Meals on Wheels program for seniors.

“It’s a well-needed program,” said Jack Gareb, executive director.

The Interior Health Authority cut funding to Meals on Wheels in about 2008 and since then, the service has been unavailable to residents in need.

However, Gareb says the Schubert Centre decided to act.

“We have been doing it on a limited bassi but now we will get other service clubs to deliver them,” he said.

The goal is to ensure seniors who can’t leave their home or can’t cook for themselves have a healthy meal.

The previous program distributed 35 to 40 meals a day.

To help with the Meals on Wheels program, the federal government has provided $24,378 for a refrigeration unit at the Schubert Centre.

“We have a significant number of seniors in Canada and we need to look at the needs of seniors,” said Colin Mayes, Okanagan-Shuswap MP.

Ottawa is also giving $23,472 to the Schubert Centre to replace carpet in the facility.

“The present flooring is looking a bit sad and worse for the wear,” said John Toporchak, Schubert Centre president.

Mayes believes it’s important to support organizations like the Schubert Centre.

“They keep improving the facility and the services to the community,” he said.