The restart of the program means seniors can receive affordable meals delivered five days a week Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post.

Princeton Meals on Wheels one year trial will cost $92k

Program restarts, and volunteer drivers are needed

Meals on Wheels, a program delivering hot food to residents needing assistance, will reopen April 1 in Princeton.

“It’s so needed in town and we are happy. We are thrilled,” said Becky Vermette, executive director of Princeton and District Community Services Society (PDCSS), which is managing the one-year trial.

Meals on Wheels, under the PDCSS umbrella, was cancelled in June 2020 due to financial issues with the society.

“We discontinued it as a way to stop the bleeding essentially. We were making cuts,” Vermette said.

Princeton’s Meals on Wheels program set to fold before end of month

A local catering company, Turtle Island, stepped up to deliver meals to residents two days a week. The new program will send out meals for another three days.

The total cost of the venture is $92,000 for the year, and recipients agree to pay $8 for each meal delivered.

Funds are being made available through grants, and business contributions.

“We were seeing a significant need,” said Vermette.

As much as seniors need to eat, they also need attention, she added.

“Those daily check-ins are as important or more important than meals. It gives us an opportunity to see how they are really doing and see what we can do to help.”

Vermette has no idea how many people will sign up for the offer, but forms will be sent out soon.

She said Meals on Wheels will pair nicely with the Better At Home program, offered through the United Way.

That service provides assistance to seniors such as housekeeping and picking up groceries.

PDCSS is now looking for volunteer drivers who will – literally – drive the Meals on Wheels program.

“Everyone really wanted to see the program (restarted) so let’s step up.”

Anyone interested in volunteering, or would like more information about Meals on Wheels, can contact PDCSS at 250-295-6666.

Princeton’s seniors residence faces sharp cutbacks to services

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:mailto:andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com


 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton Christian School. (Facebook)
COVID-19 exposure at Penticton independent school

The exposures are the latest in a quickly growing list in the Interior

Participants are encouraged to light a candle and watch the streamed event from home as speakers honor the lives of those lost to overdose from Gyro Bandshell in Penticton April 14, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Vigil for 5th anniversary of B.C. overdose crisis to be held in Penticton

To honor the lives lost to the overdose crisis and bring a call of action to policymakers

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will speed up the process for hospitality businesses looking to set up patios during the latest COVID-19 restrictions. Under the most recent restrictions, indoor dining is prohibited, but patio dining is allowed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen speeds up patio permit approval

Initiative to help hospitality businesses affected by latest COVID-19 restrictions

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

The Town of Oliver’s Town Offices, which the town wants to get designated a heritage site. (Black Press)
Oliver council to weigh nixing alerts for water leaks

Staff say the policy has served its purpose in fixing the majority of leaks

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
B.C. man finds men who rescued him from drowning in Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person, when the pandemic ends

Winter driving conditions returned to the Coquihalla Highway on April 10. (ICBC image)
Coquihalla motorists warned of fresh snow

Five to 10 cm of snow is expected today for the mountain highway.

Tyson Ginter, 7, is proud of his latest Hot Wheels he recently received by Quesnel RCMP Const. Matt Joyce. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Mountie handing out toy cars to light up children’s faces

‘A lot of times it will be the only interaction they have with the police,’ says Const. Matt Joyce

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s ICUs see near-record of COVID-19 patients last week as variant cases double

Last week, Canadian hospitals treated an average of 2,500 patients with COVID-19, daily, up 7% from the previous week

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
UVic, women’s rowing coach deny former athlete’s allegation of verbal abuse

Lily Copeland alleges coach Barney Williams would stand close to her and speak aggressively in the sauna

Vernon Secondary School. (Google Maps)
Case of COVID-19 at North Okanagan high school

VSS exposure announced late Friday, April 9

Librarian Katie Burns with the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries poses for a photo in Chilliwack on June 18, 2019. Monday, April 12, 2021 is Library Workers’ Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 11 to 17

Library Workers Day, That Sucks! Day, and Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day are all coming up this week

Bart and Tracey Larson enjoying a Begbie Cream Ale. The couple have been together for 40 years. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
The art of really good beer: Revelstoke brewery celebrates 25 years

Mt. Begbie Brewery owners Bart and Tracey Larson reflect on their company’s history

Most Read