2017 - Meals on Wheels in Ontario
- Meals on Wheels are delivered in 181 communities across Ontario.
- There are 137 not-for-profit organizations receiving government funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide Meals on Wheels in Ontario.
- Government funding covers only part of the cost – the difference is made up by donations and/or client fees, which are kept as low as possible.
- We delivered 2,899,292 meals in 2015-2016, to over 38,800 Ontarians.
Upcoming March for Meals Dates:
March for Meals 2017
More Than Just a Meal:
- Access to well-balanced, affordable meals is imperative to the independence and sustenance of isolated seniors and individuals with disabilities.
- Research shows that healthy eating provides essential energy and nutrients for general welfare and maintenance of health and functional autonomy, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases at older ages.
- The benefits of Meals on Wheels are emotional and psychological, as well as physical. Sometimes, a friendly Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only person a client interacts with in a given day.
- Meals on Wheels volunteers perform a valuable security check for isolated clients and can notify the proper authorities in the case of accident or injury.
The following is a testimonial from Ray, who received Meals on Wheels in Toronto:
"The Meals on Wheels program has saved my life! I was battling Leukemia and a severe attack of the shingles. My immune system had shut down and I had lost my appetite for food. I lost 40 pounds and was slowly starving to death, until my doctor notified Meals on Wheels and hot, nutritious meals began to arrive. Now my future is hopeful. I am gaining weight and no longer feel that I am alone. My heartfelt thanks for a job well done."
More than ever, we must join forces – local Meals on Wheels programs, governments, service groups and concerned individuals – to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in Canada who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable people to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities.