Local Champions Deliver Meals on Wheels

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BY CHRISTINE PEETS

As part of a campaign celebrated across North America where communities with Meals on Wheels program involve local champions, Town of Greater Napanee mayor Gordon Schermerhorn, local
firefighters, and students from Southview School, who are also members of the Napanee Crunch Atom girls hockey team, worked with volunteers from the Seniors Outreach Services (SOS) to deliver meals
on Wednesday, March 22.

“ In the past we have had police officers, the mayor, firefighters, Napanee Raiders hockey team players and local celebrities participate but this year was a bit different,” said Alison Holmes, coordinator of
the Meals on Wheels program for the SOS. “We were lucky once again to have the mayor and the firefighters, but I thought the students could represent the champions of our future, depending on what
career path they choose down the road, as well as possibly being a successful athlete in the hockey world someday.”

Holmes said this campaign is to raise awareness about the Meals on Wheels program and she hopes, increase local fund-raising for it. Some of the students commented that they didn’t really know about
the program, or the need for it in this area, but had a better understanding after their participation. The SOS program has approximately 75 clients receiving meals each week. Meals are delivered three days
a week in Napanee and Deseronto, two days a week in Amherstview and one day a week in Bath and Odessa.

“We send out 220 to 250 meals every week, and each meal includes soup and dessert. There are four choices of meals, with the cost being $6.50 per meal,” Holmes said. “There are 40 volunteers
delivering meals, and everyone receives their hot meal between 11 a.m. and noon.”

While the “Local Champions” campaign takes place one day in March, the Meals on Wheels program is year-round, and Holmes said it is well used. There is always a need for volunteers to help in the
kitchen to prepare the meals, and drivers to deliver them.

For more information contact Alison Holmes at Seniors Outreach Services, 12 Richmond Park Drive in Napanee or call 613-354-6668.
First printed in The Napanee Guide, March 30, 2017