Did you know that 94% of households in Canada consume peanut butter at least every few months? Peanut butter can also become a staple food for those who cannot afford another source of protein. Locally, many seniors experience malnutrition and also extreme loneliness, mobility issues, and limited income.
Anne is a widow and a recipient of the More Than Meals program at United Way. Anne has been finding that cooking for one has its challenges. More Than meals provides not only nutritious meals to people in their own homes but also social connections. As a result, every week, Anne receives meals and a visit from a More Than Meals volunteer. “My husband of 60 years passed away. I am on my own, and I know I am going to get a decent meal and don’t have to hit the peanut butter jar again,” says Anne.
The success of the program depends on donations but also on the volunteers delivering the meals and critical social visits to vulnerable seniors.
Watch this video on how seniors in our region are helped through More Than Meals.