Community Support Services: Eat Well Program

Our specialized group of GWSA staff and trained volunteers is dedicated to assisting vulnerable seniors. From promoting nutrition, exercise, and healthy living to alleviating the effects of social isolation, our Community Support Services are here to help.

The Guelph Wellington Seniors’ Association’s Eat Well program is supporting low-income older adults with food and food education. At the beginning of the pandemic the older adults in our program could no longer take part in our community cooking programs or easily leave their homes to access food. Our Seniors Pandemic Delivery Program was quickly imagined and implemented and eventually grew to serve over 250 older adults with weekly grocery delivery.

While vaccination changed the need the shelter-at-home food insecurity did not go away. With the price of food increasing our older adults are telling us they are struggling to afford food. This winter we are continuing to supply food and food education in safe, social Community Food Markets. As well, we offer monthly food delivery to those who are unable to leave their home or cannot access one of the seven Community Food Markets.

Food insecurity is a problem no one should be facing, especially older adults. We are aware that our older adults with lived experience of poverty have wisdom and knowledge that can better inform how food security can be addressed in Guelph. With direction from the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, we are coordinating Advance Your Voice, a leadership course for people with lived experience of poverty. Advocacy for food security is an exciting new direction for the GWSA.

As a recipient of the Seniors Community Grant, the GWSA appreciates that the Province of Ontario has generously contributed to our work by supporting these initiatives.

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