Meals on Wheels celebrates ‘March for Meals’ with local businesses volunteering to deliver

Atel Air/Arthur Thom Electric was the first business to sign on to support the Meals on Wheels ‘March for Meals’ program. Volunteers with that company will deliver meals once a month. Pictured above (l-r): Cathy Tupper – team leader, Joanne Hoftyzer – meal preparation, Tricia Parent and Liz McInnis – Atel Air, and Tracey Crowder – executive director Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

WILLIAMSBURG – The Meals on Wheels program, operated by the J. W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre, is partnering with local businesses to help deliver meals in South Dundas.

The program, which kicked off the March for Meals celebration of the Meals on Wheels program, had its first business out to deliver meals February 22nd. Two employees from Atel Air/Arthur Thom Electric in Williamsburg, Tricia Parent and Liz McInnis, were out delivering meals in the area.

“It’s really good to have them on board,” said Tracy Crowder – executive director of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing, which operates the program. “Atel has been a big supporter of the J.W. MacIntosh Centre.”

With the local business partnership, volunteers from participating businesses would deliver meals once a month on one of the three routes the local Meals on Wheels runs.

The centre is looking for more volunteers as it is short on delivery drivers, and would welcome more individuals or business participation. The Meals on Wheels program has about 100 clients between Morrisburg, Iroquois and Williamsburg Crowder said.

“But that number fluctuates a bit throughout the year.”

Crowder said that the social contact was as important to clients as the meals that are delivered.

“For some people, it is a good way of checking in and making sure people are okay, especially in the winter months,” she said.

Businesses or individuals interested in volunteering for the program can contact Cathy Tupper at the J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre at 613-535-2924.

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