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City of Cold Lake Taking Over Meals on Wheels Program

The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program will continue on under the direction of the Cold Lake & District FCSS and the City of Cold Lake’s funding.

The Cold Lake Seniors’ Society requested that the city take over the responsibility of managing the program beginning this month.

“The public can come to us or call for a client application if they need assistance,” explained FCSS Manager Kim Schmidtz. “We’re happy to help keep such an important program running in our community.”

MOW is a meal delivery program where volunteers pick up pre-ordered meals and deliver them to pre-registered clients. Meal plans range in options, from hot meals to frozen meals that can reheated on demand. The program had requests for 490 meals in both 2015 and 2016.

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Under a quick deadline to keep the program running, City Council decided unanimously that FCSS was well positioned to administer the MOW program, at least on an interim basis. Although FCSS will be facilitating the program during the interim, no FCSS funding will be used to fund the program.

“This is a great program that helps seniors live independently,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “I’m thankful for the great people at FCSS who are able to help pick up the program and keep it going.”

Council opted to help the program for an interim period of nine months, while working on seeking a permanent solution to running the MOW program.

For more information on the MOW program, to register as a client, or to volunteer, contact Cold Lake and District FCSS at 780-594-4495, or drop in during FCSS’s operating hours at 5220 54 Street.

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