By Cole Parkinson
The Taber Meals on Wheels program is still hitting Taber streets and delivering meals to local seniors — with the hope more people sign up to utilize the service.
With 2022 at the midway point, the sign-ups for Meals on Wheels are a tad lower than they were in 2021, but Taber and District Housing Foundation is confident once the word starts spreading, more people will see the value.
“It’s a slight decline from 2021, but really, we are still serving 35 to 40 clients every month. They are getting meals up to five times a week during the lunch hour,” stated Tim Janzen, TDHF CAO. “The service is still available in the Taber area and I really want to thank the volunteers because they do the deliveries outside of our manor buildings. Our staff look after the people who are in the manors, but we have a really loyal group of volunteers from church groups, some service committees, some from different companies in town — they give up their lunch hour to deliver the meals.”
For those who don’t know about Meals on Wheels, Janzen explained the program is run out of Clearview Lodge.
“It’s a service that Clearview Lodge kitchen cooks the meals and packages them. It’s a standard service with a soup, a salad, an entree, and a dessert. It mirrors what Clearview Lodge residents are being served in their noon meal.”
At the current moment, there are two different price rates available — $3 for people with incomes of $20,000 or less and $7.50 for everyone else. And while the program is mainly aimed toward seniors 65 and up, others can also get in with Meals on Wheels under certain circumstances.
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