Sooke Meals on Wheels in search of volunteer drivers

Fresh meals delivered three times weekly ensures people in need are getting the proper nutrition

Help feed people in need by getting involved with Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a program in Sooke that provides people in need with nutritious, affordable meals. A small group of locals get together every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Sooke Community Hall and prepare fresh meals to be sent out.

Each meal costs $6 and is usually large enough to feed a customer for a full day.

Lorraine Hoy, who has been volunteering for more than 12 years, said Meals on Wheels prevents seniors from being put in a care home, by making sure they are OK when dropping off the food, and by giving them fully balanced meals.

“We keep a watchful eye on the community by delivering these meals,” said Hoy. “A lot of the seniors are very isolated, so it’s also nice for them to have a visit because most of the drivers will stay and chat for a bit with the customers when they deliver the food.”

Right now, Meals on Wheels is struggling to find enough volunteer drivers to help deliver the food.

Volunteer driver Cheryl Asham said her role is very rewarding because she loves being able to go in to the senior’s homes and see them thriving, and knowing that they are getting the proper nutrition they need.

Each route takes a driver approximately an hour.

“There’s nothing more gratifying than to know you are helping other seniors, being a senior myself,” said Asham. “Giving back is the most special gift to me.”

To become a driver for Meals on Wheels, please call 250-642-5424.

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