The Bethany Group celebrates Meals on Wheels Week

Posted on March 30, 2017

Meals on Wheels Camrose is proclaiming March 27-31 Meals on Wheels Awareness Week.

Since its beginnings in Bawlf to provide a home for those in need, The Bethany Group has worked towards making a difference in the community and helping seniors, families, and individuals. For 95 years, the non-profit organization has grown to provide health and housing services to clients in over 30 communities.

While the breadth of The Bethany Group reaches far, it still retains strong ties to the Camrose community after moving to the city in 1949. Expanding over the years, the organization provides a variety of services to those in need in Camrose, from long term care for seniors to social housing for families and individuals. The organization also works to support the community and be involved in various activities that helps to keep it strong and vibrant.

Meals on Wheels is one such program that helps many people in the Camrose community, and The Bethany Group is proud to be a part of it. The Bethany Group has prepared the meals for the program for many years, first from its main kitchen in Rosehaven and now from the kitchen in its newer life lease building, Brookside.

When the move to Brookside took place, it was to provide a better service to the Meals on Wheels clients. The kitchen in Rosehaven is designed to provide meals for clients in long term care, not necessarily for those in the community. Brookside’s kitchen and meal preparation targets a different clientele, one that The Bethany Group believes serves the community clients better.

What many people probably don’t realize is that the meals prepared for the Meals on Wheels program are the same meals served to the residents in Brookside. They are made from scratch every day, and follow the Canada Food Guide. As well, there is more flexibility to cater to likes, dislikes, and allergies though within limits. Some dietary restrictions are beyond the kitchen’s capabilities but the staff do try their best to meet the needs and desires of clients.

Currently, the kitchen prepares 400 meals a month (20 a day) on average … and is eager to take on more requests from the community. The more involvement the organization has, the better.

To read the article in the Camrose Booster by Lori Larsen, please see the PDF.