Meals on Wheels receives grant for new wheels

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A grant is helping give a local company wheels to dish out more meals.

Thanks to the grant money, Chatham-Kent’s Meals on Wheels program is getting a new ride. St. Andrew’s Residence and the Meals on Wheels program received a three-year grant totalling $30,000.

The grant was provided by the Chatham Kent Community Foundation and the South Kent Wind Community Fund. The program provides balanced and nutritious meals to people in need across Chatham-Kent.

According to the Executive Director of the St. Andrew’s Residence Foundation, Lynn McGeachy, the money will allow the group to purchase a new van to make meal deliveries.

McGeachy added there has never been a more apparent need than as the result of the pandemic. She said they could keep up with the demand, thanks to all who stepped in to offer additional assistance.

“The van allows us to deliver meals throughout Chatham-Kent to communities like Blenheim, Thamesville, Tilbury, Merlin, Highgate, Ridgetown and Chatham. We are so grateful to the Community Foundation and South Kent Wind, who have helped us with the purchase of this new vehicle so that we can continue to care for the community of which we are a part,” she said.

The Meals on Wheels program has been in the Chatham-Kent community for more than 50 years. Last year, almost 35,000 meals were served with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News