There are many things, people, and organizations that can bring out inspiration. Meals on Wheels is a program that exists in varying formats in many places. The program is a meal delivery service to individuals that are housebound and food insecure.
Meals on Wheels started in the United Kingdom in the early 1940s. The Women’s Volunteer Service for Civil Defense delivered food to servicemen and then those who could not cook their own. In 1943, following World War II, meal delivery began using old proms. The program started in Australia in 1953. Eight elderly seniors were the first recipients of the program which has grown to assist many more elderly, needy, or housebound individuals in many countries. Delivery is done now by volunteer vehicles, food trucks, and many other methods.
The United States got its start with the program in 1954, although Meals on Wheels America was established in 1974. Brampton, Ontario, Canada began delivering meals to needy seniors in 1963. Longford, Ireland began in 1971. Today, there are Meals on Wheels programs in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Hot meals are delivered daily in some places. Some cold and frozen meals are delivered as well. Volunteers often not only deliver needed food, but also visit with the housebound recipients. Many recipients are seniors, however veterans, disabled individuals, and some family members of recipients are also served. Grandchildren that live with a senior is one example of how others may qualify.
Food insecurity or hunger is the issue Meals on Wheels works to alleviate. Volunteers may include members of other organizations, high school students, or others. Be inspired! Have a bright day!