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Helping Hands can now offer more choices as part of Meals on Wheels program

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Phil Taylor, manager of food services at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, welcomes Helping Hands — represented by Lisa Mossman, transportation co-ordinator, and Shelley Gordon, transportation services worker — as a partner in the frozen meal program.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Phil Taylor, manager of food services at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, welcomes Helping Hands — represented by Lisa Mossman, transportation co-ordinator, and Shelley Gordon, transportation services worker — as a partner in the frozen meal program.

Helping Hands and Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital are forming a new meal partnership, commencing in October, allowing Helping Hands to add additional frozen meal choices to its Meals on Wheels program.

"Hot and frozen meal programs are equally popular with our clients, serving seniors and adults with physical disabilities, and we are always looking for ways to enhance these programs," said Lisa Mossman, Helping Hands' transportation co-ordinator.

There are several frozen meal options Helping Hands offers its clients, including 16 regular entrees and seven vegetarian entrees, that can be prepared with a variety of textures.

With the new partnership between the two organizations, Helping Hands can offer seven frozen entrees specifically for renal diets along with six soup choices for both regular and renal diets.

"Helping Hands is excited to offer frozen soup options, allowing our clients to enhance their entrees or perhaps have as a lunchtime option, offering nutritionally balanced choices," Mossman said. "Expanding our frozen meal programs options, from our local hospital, is a great benefit to our clients."

Meals can be purchased for $5.50 each for the entrees and $1.50 for the soup options, making the service affordable for Helping Hands clients.

Frozen meals can be pre-ordered and received on Fridays at Helping Hands' office or can be delivered for a fee of $2.50 for in-town residents or $5 for township residents.

"There is always a stock of frozen meals on hand for those who may wish to sample or for convenient options, such as when caregivers are away," Mossman explained.

For those interested in the hot meal program, Meals on Wheels are delivered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the late afternoon, with a variety of regular and special diet entrees.

For further information on Meals on Wheels or to inquire about volunteer opportunities for delivering them, call 705-325-7861 or visit helpinghandsorillia.ca



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