Meals On Wheels is a non-profit community program, that is under the umbrella of the Auxiliary to the Penticton Regional Hospital Society. We provide Hot, Frozen, and nutritious meals that are delivered to those who are unable to cook for themselves. Our service allows our clients to stay home longer and provide continous contact to those who may have none. Our clients are also able relay any concerns for their health to our volunteer drivers. As volunteers, we are happy to do a service for someone else. Our office is located in the basement of the Penticton Regional Hospital next to the cafeteria. We deliver on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays (including holidays) between 11:30 and 1 pm, to residents of Penticton, Naramata, Kaledan and Okanagan Falls. We only deliver salads on Wednesdays.
We provide an array of delicious hot and frozen meals, that are healthy hearty and made in the hospital kitchen. We also serve salads on Wednesdays. The hot meals have two proteins while the frozen have one. They also contain vegetables and a carbohydrate (rice, pasta, patatoes). We deliver on Mondays, Wednesdays and, Fridays, while salads are delivered only on Wednesdays.
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We are able to provide special diets for those who have food allergies or a medical condition.
Salads alternate each week between Green and Caesar.
In order to change your order, we suggest that you contact us by phone before the delivery date. We are very happy to do this for you.
In June 2011 the Penticton School Board approached Meals On Wheels to provided nutritious breakfasts 5 days a week at 3 elementary schools: Columbia, Queen’s Park and West Bench. This program began Sept. 2011.This service is provided, as far too many children go to school hungry. A few months after the start of this program, the schools’ staffs commented on how behaviour and attendance has improved. The students are offered a varied healthy menu Mondays through Fridays. Our volunteers are there from 7:45 – 9:00 am. We would like 3 volunteers per day at each school, which requires 45 volunteers. You can volunteer for one or more days. A criminal record check is required.
Volunteers of Meals on Wheels, are the foundation of our services, and are hardworking and caring people. However, in many cases our volunteers benefit from us as much as we benefit from them. Often our volunteers create a close relationship with our clients and feel that they have become part of their extended family and, are warmed by the smiling faces as meals are delivered. We need help delivering meals, and packaging them for delivery, as well as extra volunteers to help when our regular ones have other commitments. It's a great way to meet new people and make new friends. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us anytime, during our regular operating hours. You can see the smiles on clients’ faces when you arrive with their meal. Many of our volunteers feel our clients become part of their extended family. It is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
As a volunteer for the Breakfast Learning Club you not only will have the opportunity to help families in need but you will also watch as children become more comfortable interacting with their peers and children of other ages. Many children who are very shy at the beginning, develop a willingness to share with you special events in their lives. There is also an improvement in manners, such as please and, thank you and, the older children often help those who are younger.We provide three volunteers per day, at each school, from 7:45 - 9:00 am, which requires 45 volunteers. You can volunteer for one or more days. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meals on Wheels anytime during our regular operating hours.
BLC - A criminal record check is required. MOW - A criminal record check as well as an orientation session with the volunteer coordinator, for the hospital, is necessary.
Our sponsors are extremely important to us as they allow us to continue this service and in a number of cases, we can assist those in financial need by providing meals at a special price. To become a sponsor, please call, write or email us at any time. Some of our sponsors are United Way, Penticton Elks #51, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #40, and the Quilters Guild of Penticton.
Some of our sponsors are the Breakfast Learning Club of Canada, Community Children’s Foundation, Underwriters Insurance, Telus, other different charitable organizations, medical professionals and, parents.