On September 2nd, CSC's Tender Loving Care Kitchen celebrated its Two Year Anniversary. As we look ahead at all of the possibilities the kitchen has to offer, CSC is delighted to share a snapshot of our local Meals on Wheels history by highlighting the contributions of Mr. Howard Parliament.
In 1973, Mr. Parliament was President of the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and began looking for a project members could support in the community. He appointed a committee to research community needs and they recommended a five-day-a-week Meals on Wheels Program.
Dorothy Schnarr coordinated the program and the group sent letters to churches and other organizations looking for volunteers. Soon after, names of volunteers willing to deliver meals were obtained and schedules were prepared.
St. Mary’s Hospital prepared the food, volunteers packaged the food in reusable containers and route captains were assigned. During the first week of operation, 208 meals were delivered at a cost of 75 cents each. Today, CSC delivers more than 1,400 to 470 clients each week!
Mr. Parliament had such a passion for the program that he started volunteering when he retired in 1987. Twenty-six years later, he is still a Meals on Wheels volunteer alongside his wife, Marjorie (pictured above).
"Meals on Wheels is such a necessary service in our community. It is a joy serving our clients," said Mr. Parliament.
Marjorie looks forward to their Meals on Wheels delivery day, bringing clients a hot meal, as well as sharing smiles and conversations with them. Thank you Howard and Marjorie for sharing your story, and for continuing to help people live at home with independence and dignity!
If you are interested in coming by for a tour of our kitchen or if you'd like to accompany one of our Meals on Wheels volunteers on a route to learn more about the program, please call 519-772-8787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.