Appreciation shown to Meals on Wheels volunteers

By Roger White
September 12, 2017 - 12:00pm

For those who volunteer with the Battlefords Chapter of Meals on Wheels, the shoe was on the other foot Tuesday morning when they were treated to a coffee and a cookie from Tim Horton’s in appreciation of their dedication to serving meals to those in need.

“I wanted to do something for the many volunteers to show them how much we appreciate the time they give us,” Karen Pernala said, coordinator of volunteer services with Battlefords Home Care.

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers food to individuals who may not be able to prepare meals for themselves. The organization currently has two routes in Battleford and four routes in North Battleford which delivers approximately 70 meals per day to people in need.

“When you do the math, that’s roughly 1,400 meals we deliver in the area every month,” Pernala added. "It usually takes 14 volunteers per day to make ensure healthy meals are delivered.”

Pernala also recognized the support Meals on Wheels receives from businesses and groups in the area every single day.

“We have so much support from the community which is certainly a huge help,” she said. “Businesses are involved as well as service clubs. We even have students from a local school give up their lunch hour to help, which is fantastic.”

Meals on Wheels, like other community groups, are always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals and Pernala added to be involved is rewarding.

“It usually takes about 45 minutes to deliver the meals on your route,” Pernala explained. “Many times the visits you make to these confined people are the only visits they get all day.”


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