Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CIES Community Investors XIX - Calgary Meals on Wheels

The 19th non-profit highlighted in the CIES Community Investors Series is Calgary Meals on Wheels.  Calgary Meals on Wheels is a not-for-profit organization established on November 15, 1965 in response to an official request to the United Church Women by the Hospital Chaplaincy Committee of the Calgary Presbytery of the United Church, who expressed concerns that elderly people living alone were being discharged from hospitals with no support system during their convalescence.

Food is a basic need, a life necessity.  What we eat or don’t eat affects our mental, emotional and physical well-being.  There is a significant population in our city who, for various reasons, are not able to tend to their basic daily nutrition. Calgary Meals on Wheels is proud to provide programs that directly target the issues of poverty, and hunger.

What began as a small operation, delivering meals to eight clients from a church basement has grown into a thriving, innovative production facility that prepares, packages and delivers 1,700 meals each day; more than 420,000 meals a year.

Although their principal clients are seniors, they offer five different programs that are open to all Calgarians who are in need of a meal service to maintain independence in their own homes, regardless of age or circumstance.  They focus on serving all individuals in need of nutritious meals including the homeless, and vulnerable school children. CIES sends its congratulations and heartfelt thanks for all the work they have done for Calgary for more than 50 years. 50 plus years in which they have never missed a day of scheduled delivery! For more information and details on how you can get involved visit there website.

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