Popular local organization launches March for Meals in Orangeville

April 3, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Caledon’s Meals on Wheels organization has launched a March for Meals campaign in Orangeville, working with members in the community to bring meals to seniors, helping create awareness for the ever-growing needs of the senior population in the area.

Launched yearly in March, the campaign is designed to increase awareness and foster community engagement with local Meals On Wheels providers across North America, with roughly 5,000 agencies participating. It sees a collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, and all levels of government to ensure that seniors are not forgotten.

The organization met at the Lord Dufferin Centre this past Monday (March 26) where Orangeville councillors Nick Garisto and Sylvia Bradley, along with Orangeville Police Service Constable Scott Davis were partnered up with volunteers from the organization to deliver meals to seniors in the community.

“This really gives them an understanding of what the Meals on Wheels program is all about,” said Deirdre Morrison-Mohamed, the organization’s resource development manager. “What we wanted to do is to connect with businesses and local community leaders to really create that awareness.”

She explained that moving forward, they have such a need to identify more businesses and seniors to help connect, as the senior demographic is on the rise. “There’s going to be a greater need for us working closely together as a community to create that awareness.”

She said that 40 per cent of meals served alone are in Orangeville. “That’s why it’s so critically important for us to get individuals within this immediate community, so we can make sure those meals are being delivered.

Ms. Morrison-Mohamed stressed the important of the need for communities to come together and help seniors. “I am just so ignited when we get events like this, where we can bring community leaders, we can bring businesses, we can bring volunteers and we can identify and support individuals who maybe falling through the cracks.”

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