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Mayors deliver Meals on Wheels for Community Care

Selwyn Mayor Mary Smith and Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones hit the pavement Tuesday, as Community Care Peterborough held its “Mayors For Meals” Day to show support for community seniors.

The pair were joined by Peterborough Mayor Darryl Bennett, as they delivered Meals on Wheels to senior clients who continue living in their own homes.

Mayors for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March in order to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage support of our senior neighbors through a variety of efforts.

In total, last year Community Care had 527 Meals on Wheels clients and a total of 39,547 meals were delivered throughout Peterborough County.

In Lakefield alone, a total of 4,346 hot and frozen meals were delivered to 42 clients.

Hot Meals on Wheels is a new program offered through the Lakefield office and currently the service is providing between 20-30 hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to clients in Lakefield, Warsaw and Burleigh Falls. On average about 300 frozen meals are delivered to the Lakefield region each month.

The Meals on Wheels program not only provides nutritious meals, it also offers clients a warm smile and a security check of the residence.

“I live alone and my immediate family are gone, as well as my long-time friends,” said 81-year-old Lakefield client Eldon.

“The Meals on Wheels drivers are my main contact with the outside world. They’re always cheerful and even though I know they’re on a tight schedule, they always have time for a few words with me which I really appreciate.”

In Peterborough, Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to local seniors since 1964. Community Care is currently in a partnership with Aramark Canada Ltd., which prepares the meals at Trent University.

According to a recent survey conducted by Community Care in regard to their Hot Meals on Wheels program, the primary reason clients access the program is due to health issues and of the clients surveyed, 94 per cent feel that receiving the meals has allowed them to remain in their home.

Community Care Peterborough provides services that support independence and promote peace of mind for seniors, their families and for adults with physical challenges who live in the City and County of Peterborough.

For more information about Meals on Wheels or other services offered by Community Care call 705-742-7067 or visit their website at www.commcareptbo.org.

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