P.E.I. Meals on Wheels looks to include new areas with provincial support
Islanders formerly unable to accessibility a Meals on Wheels system may well be able to indication up for the provider in the subsequent number of weeks.
Meals on Wheels provides wholesome foods to seniors and other vulnerable Islanders at a lower expense, ordinarily about $4.
The firm has 9 chapters on P.E.I., every serving its possess group. About two many years back, the groups started discussing coming jointly into a one provincial overall body, and undertaking this operate with the aid of the province.
“In the long run, both of those the Meals on Wheels chapters and the province itself wishes to see an expanded meals supply services,” Keyshawn Bonamy, government director of the Voluntary Useful resource Centre, instructed Island Morning‘s Wayne Thibodeau.
“They want to see that seniors, the most susceptible in our society, are taken care of.”
Coming jointly will permit some functions to be centralized and much more economical, and make funding accessible from new resources, explained Bonamy.
The creation of a new provincial team could occur with each other in a couple weeks, and Bonamy expects the affect to be felt instantly on the floor.
“We forecast that we will see rapid enlargement into less than-serviced places, this kind of as Cornwall. We’re also seeking at Georgetown and Cardigan,” he claimed.
Job in new pilot unclear
The province is launching a pilot venture, introduced as part of the provincial budget, to deliver foods to seniors in Kings County.
That announcement made some confusion, Bonamy explained, relating to any probable function for Meals on Wheels.
“We were involved that the operate that has been carried out around the last two a long time with our volunteers, with our motorists, with our team associates, with our co-ordinators, all of that was not currently being taken into account,” he stated.
In conferences considering that that time, Bonamy mentioned they have been assured that the province remains committed to the approach of bringing the Wheels on Meals chapters collectively.
In a statement to CBC News, the Office of Social Advancement claimed it has not produced plans over and above the existing pilot project.
“Long run factors over and above the pilot have not nevertheless been confirmed but governing administration is fully commited to a province-wide seniors foodstuff method as quickly as attainable,” the assertion reported.