Swan River Meals on Wheels signals need for volunteer drivers

February 2022

Swan River’s Meals on Wheels is putting out the call for additional volunteers. Program volunteers deliver meals to eligible clients who are generally unable to prepare food for themselves due to age, illness or disability, either on a temporary or permanent basis. Right now, the program is struggling to maintain an adequate volunteer base.

In Swan River, the meals are delivered three times a week- Monday, Wednesday and Friday (meals are picked up at 11:15 for lunch).  Shantelle Rosteski, Nutrition Services Manager, says if volunteers can step forward to do a block of time, it’s much easier to coordinate for everyone.

“We could sure use more volunteers, especially for a week or two at a time, as some of these throughout the year are still open and very much needed for scheduling purposes right now.  Besides individuals, we urge organizations and groups to also consider participating for blocks of time.  But, we also could use casual back up drivers if we have any cancellations, so every bit of volunteer time will really help!”

Meals on Wheels is a program that offers a full, warm nutritious meal delivered to a client, for a small fee, at their home. Prairie Mountain Health, Nutrition Services at Swan Valley Health Centre, partners with Services to Seniors in Swan River to coordinate the program. Nutrition services prepares the meals, and works together with Services to Seniors with the volunteer delivery schedule.

Rosteski passed along a sincere thank you to all the past and present volunteers, as well as Services to Seniors, who have been involved with the program.

Further questions and answers:

Who can you contact to sign up volunteer to deliver meals? In Swan River, you can contact the Services to Seniors Program at (204) 734-5707.

What is required of volunteers to do the job? There are some application sheets to fill out for those volunteering for the program. If volunteers have any specific questions they can contact Services to Seniors at the number above.

Noreen and Claudia

PICTURED: Swan Valley Health Centre Nutritional Services staff Claudia Campbell Noreen Lewis prepare delivery containers for the local Meals on Wheels program.