2020 - Meals on Wheels in Ontario
- Meals on Wheels are delivered in 181 communities across Ontario.
- There are 143 not-for-profit organizations receiving government funding from the provincial government to provide Meals on Wheels in Ontario.
- Government funding covers only part of the cost – the difference is made up by donations and/or client fees, which are kept as low as possible.
- We delivered 2,945,119 meals to 49,229 Ontarians in 2018-2019.
A special thank you to the Municipality of Brighton and Mayor Brian Ostrander for their $5000.00 grant in support of our Meals on Wheels program.
March for Meals 2020
More Than Just a Meal:
- Access to well-balanced, affordable meals is imperative to the independence and sustenance of isolated seniors and individuals with disabilities.
- Research shows that healthy eating provides essential energy and nutrients for general welfare and maintenance of health and functional autonomy, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases at older ages.
- The benefits of Meals on Wheels are emotional and psychological, as well as physical. Sometimes, a friendly Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only person a client interacts within a given day.
- Meals on Wheels volunteers perform a valuable security check for isolated clients and can notify the proper authorities in the case of accident or injury.
More than ever, we must join forces – local Meals on Wheels programs, governments, service groups and concerned individuals – to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in Canada who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable people to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities.