Continuing to care for the community

Linda Rieger volunteer with St. Andrew’s Residence and chair its ladies’ auxiliary, eyes fruit cups as she packs food hampers for people who use the Meals on Wheels program in Chatham-Kent.

St. Andrew’s Residence officials wanted to do their part to continue to keep both seniors and their friends who utilize Meals on Wheels safe during the length of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to keep their clients safe, volunteers recently delivered more than 275 food baskets to clients in the Chatham-Kent area.

“Building on the existing Meals on Wheels program and in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent, we have been able to deliver grocery items and essentials to our shared clients who are some of the most vulnerable during this pandemic” said Barb Noorenberghe, program co-ordinator, in a media release.

The items delivered were carefully selected by the staff at St. Andrew’s Residence through the Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent program.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, according to officials, not only from the recipients but the volunteers who have helped pack bags and deliver them.

“It just feels good to be able to help someone out when they most need it,” Linda Rieger, chair of the St. Andrew’s Residence Ladies’ Auxiliary, and one of the many volunteers of the project, said.

This project was possible through an Ontario Community Support Program grant from the Ontario Community Support Association, as well as support from local businesses, Planet Print, The Pepper Tree and Sysco.



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