The Meals on Wheels story, and how it came to be such an integral part of how the Cayman Islands cares for those in need, began with a simple act of Christian kindness.
Not satisfied with her usual Sunday visits to friends and family, Martha McField began cooking and delivering meals to her neighbours before going to church. From the humble beginnings of Miss Martha’s kitchen, today the organisation prepares and delivers more than 150 free, nutritionally-balanced meals a day to some of Cayman’s most vulnerable citizens.
Miss Martha’s daughter, Beulah McField, has been running the operation since 1997 and works tirelessly to continue the vision of Christian charity started by her mother. Senior citizens and individuals with medical or physical conditions are among those most liable to go hungry.
Meals on Wheels takes referrals from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Cayman HospiceCare, the Veterans Association, Social Services and Public Health, helping those in need retain independence in their own home. The organisation also provides education on the importance of nutrition and other health-related topics facing seniors in today’s society.
But Meals on Wheels is not just about delivering food. Daily visits from organisation volunteers give Meals on Wheels recipients’ access to the time old medicine of “good company”. Not only are these visits often their only social-interaction of the day – volunteers play a vital role in checking up on or looking out for recipients health and wellbeing.
Without community service providers such as Meals on Wheels, senior members of our society would be at a greater risk of premature admission to care homes, isolation and accident.