Meals on Wheels is a non-profit, volunteer-based support service that delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound citizens of Cornwall who are unable to prepare meals for themselves.
The main purpose of the program is to help clients stay in their own homes longer and to prevent premature admission to Long Term Care facilities.
The meals are delivered by trained volunteers who provide a personal contact, a safety and security check as well as an interested daily visitor.
The main target groups for receiving Meals on Wheels are:
The program is offered to the residents of the City of Cornwall.
In October 1969, several women from all religious denominations were invited to attend a meeting at St-Paul's United Church to endeavor to form an organization to meet the nutritional needs of the elderly, disabled and convalescent in our community who were unable to prepare their own meals.
On Monday, April 6, 1970, Cornwall Meals on Wheels delivered its first meals to 6 recipients throughout the city. The meals were prepared by the Cornwall General Hospital. The program however, grew quickly and within a month a second outlet was opened at Hotel Dieu Hospital to provide meals to 6 more recipients. Meals were only 3.00 per week. Meals on Wheels was completely managed by volunteers.
In 1994, the Glen Stor Dun Lodge became the main outlet for meal preparation as well as recipient coordination. In 1999, for the first time in Meals on Wheels Cornwall's history, a paid position was introduced. Funded by the Ministry of Health and the United Way, a volunteer coordinator was hired to manage a corps of over 300 volunteers.
Today, Meals on Wheels delivers to approximately 135 recipients throughout the city of Cornwall. Over 230 volunteers deliver meals on 7 different routes and recipients pay $30.00 per week for 5 meals that include an entree, a soup, salad, gravy and dessert. Meals are delivered Monday to Friday at lunchtime between 11am - 1 pm.
The Meals on Wheels program is able to deliver over 30,000 meals yearly thanks to the financial support from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, the United Way of SDG and the City of Cornwall.
Meals on Wheels is fortunate to receive financial, in-kind and service support from individuals, service clubs, church groups, associations and corporations. Their support, donations and sponsorship allows us to continue helping those who need our service the most.
Meals on Wheels operates in partnership with the Glen Stor Dun Lodge Outreach department. Meals are planned to provide food as recommended by Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating and Health Canada's Recommended Nutrient Intake. The meals are prepared fresh each day by the dietary staff at the Glen Stor Dun Lodge.
The types of diets available are:
Some sample hot meal menus:
|Beef and barley soup||Vegetable rice soup|
|Tossed salad||Baked ham with pineapple|
|Italian baked chicked||Scalloped potatoes|
|Mini red potatoes||Mashed turnip and carrots|
|Peas and carrots||Carrot cake|
|Fresh fruit salad|
Volunteers are the heart and hands of Cornwall Meals on Wheels. Two volunteers (one driver and one helper) deliver the meals to the client's home. They take the time to chat and ensure that the client is feeling well and safe.
Volunteers also have the responsibility to report any unusual or at-risk situation/concern to the Meals on Wheels staff. Delivery routes have a total of 19 meal deliveries, so visiting is limited to a few minutes for each recipient.
The meal is delivered to the client's home between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. five days per week - Monday to Friday including all Statutory Holidays.
Recipients must be home in order to receive the meal. The volunteer must return meals to the Lodge if the client is not home, unless arrangements have been made with Meals on Wheels staff ahead of time. Food will not be left at the door. If the client is not home for the scheduled meal delivery, the Meals on Wheels staff will contact the client's home, if no answer, they will then follow up with the names provided as emergency contacts. It is the responsibility of the client to be home for the meal delivery or cancel the meal ahead of time.
While meals may be cancelled if the client is not home to receive it, the client must still pay for the meal. The only time a client will not be charged for a meal cancellation is if the person is admitted to the hospital or on vacation (in one week time frames). Meals must be cancelled before 9:00 a.m.
The cost of the service is $30.00 per week. Clients are billed once a month. Payment may be made by cheque, money order or cash. Payments may be given to volunteers delivering the meal.
Anyone can make a referral to the Meals on Wheels program by calling (613) 933-3384 ext. 4263.
An in-home assessment will be completed with all potential recipients of the program.
The following information will be required:
You will also be asked to sign a Service Agreement, outlining the terms of service.