Seniors in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will get a little extra help after A Better Bite Community Kitchen received a $25,000 grant.
The money will allow the organization to prepare 240 personal-care packages for New Dawn Meals on Wheels and New Dawn Homecare clients. Each care package will include a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, soap, non-medical face masks and more. Additionally, the grant will provide five free meals to each New Dawn Meals on Wheels client — approximately 500 meals in total.
"In addition to the benefits of regular, hot and nutritious meals, New Dawn Meals on Wheels provides an opportunity for seniors to maintain or regain independence in their own home," said Kathleen Whelan, meals on wheels co-ordinator, in a news release. "And it gives them and their loved ones a sense of well-being, knowing that our community is working together to ensure that our seniors are well cared for."
The funding is from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, which provides grants and contributions for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors.
Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte said the project is a “great example of how our government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program can empower local groups to provide important supports for seniors in their community.
"During these challenging times, a hot meal or a little extra support from A Better Bite Community Kitchen can make all the difference to the Cape Breton seniors they serve."