Edmonton Meals on Wheels

    EMOW is in urgent need of Kitchen Helper volunteers! Working a few hours each week in our kitchen is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, and it won't get you in trouble with Dr. Hinshaw!    We've added weekend and evening shifts to keep up with increased demand seen during the pandemic - but we need volunteers to fill them! Having reliable individuals to work these shifts is our greatest need currently.   Evenings: 5:00 PM - 9 PM Weekends: 11:00 AM - 3 PM...

#YEG, you did it again!   Despite the challenges we faced trying to safely coordinate our Holiday Gift Drive, we are proud to announce that 324 gift bags will be delivered to homebound and isolated seniors this holiday season. Each packaged with love and care. We are so grateful for everyone who donated gift items, dropped off handmade cards, spent countless hours sewing quilts and placemats, or supported us in any way. You make it possible! You've made the holiday season that much brighter. Thank you for continuing to step up to support...

What would you choose, having a roof over your head or food in your stomach?  It’s a difficult question that no one should have to answer. Food insecurity – not knowing where your next meal is coming from – is a constant threat for many people. And it comes with difficult trade-offs. Putting food on the table often means sacrificing another basic need. This was the case for 60-year-old Mickey. But because of your generosity, Mickey doesn’t have to choose.   Mickey is a slender man. His blue eyes reveal...

  Win up to $5,000 while delivering some Christmas happiness to your homebound, isolated, and senior neighbours who are counting on you!   We are super excited to announce that the Edmonton Strathcona Rotary Club is hosting an online 50/50 cash raffle in support of Edmonton Meals on Wheels! Seventy percent of the funds raised will go directly to supporting our subsidized meal program that so many low-income Edmontonians depend on.    Each winter we see a surge in the number of seniors who turn to us for help. The...

If the need arises to self-isolate or the weather get colder how will you get affordable, healthy meals or groceries?   With the number of COVID-19 cases climbing, as are the concerns felt and expressed by vulnerable people, individuals who are immune compromised, experience a disability or otherwise may be at-risk.  With the cooler weather, more and more people are staying at home.  Venturing out can be risky.   “I am 87 years old and my only son works out of town.  I have no one to help and I...

  March was a turning point for everyone, especially the vulnerable and elderly. Our clients realized that life as they knew it was on hold. For some, instead of the Sunday visit from family or weekly coffee with friends, the doors to the outside slammed shut. For others, the world of isolation was far too familiar. Getting out, even for essentials, was impossible.   Edmonton Meals on Wheels was a saviour for many. Meal, pet food, hamper and grocery delivery continued. Services ramped up to meet the need of the...

In March 2020 life changed for everyone. The pandemic seriously affected individuals, businesses and charities.  Businesses closed, people self-isolated, charities scrambled to fill the gaps.   Meals on Wheels was declared an essential service and expanded shifts, meal production and staffing to meet the growing need of some of our most vulnerable citizens.   Socially conscious Edmontonians rose to the occasion helping to fill the gap when most of our volunteers went on immediate leave due to COVID-19.  Meals on Wheels depends on our caring community to support our operations including...

It’s been over three months since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus a global pandemic. There is no doubt our lives, ways of living and working have drastically changed. Meals on Wheels was declared an essential service and very soon we began to understand the serious ramifications and responsibility of supporting our vulnerable clients in this uncharted, complex and changing environment.   The agency pandemic plan, our guiding document, had been reviewed and updated. On March 13, 2020 service delivery, environmental and production changes began.  Social distancing and noncontact delivery...

Meals on Wheels has been incredibly fortunate to have so many members of the community step up to help our agency over the past few months! When the pandemic first hit, we saw a sharp drop in our volunteer numbers. Many of our regularly scheduled volunteers could no longer fill their shifts. Some were vulnerable to getting ill, some had people in their life who they needed to protect, and others were concerned about the virus that we knew so little about.  As a volunteer-based organization, this brought major concerns....