Meals on Wheels gets financial boost

The Meals on Wheels program received a cash injection into its Meals on Wheels program from Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. 

The program, which serves 170 meals per day to housebound, frail or elderly people and those with physical and mental disabilities in Grand Cayman, received $30,000 from the service club. The club’s budget is around $200,000, spending at least $1,176 per person a year. 

“It is really fantastic that they have given the money to us. The $30,000 is really going to allow us to be worry-free during the first part of this year,” said Beulah McField, executive director at Meals on Wheels. 

Rotary President Brian Hurley and Past President Larry Chomyn handed over the check to Ms. McField and chairman Rob Imparato during the club’s luncheon meeting at the Westin resort on Thursday. 

During the presentation, Mr. Chomyn said the Meals on Wheels program in Cayman was one they welcomed with open arms.

In 1997, Mr. Chomyn approached Ms. McField with the idea to launch a Meals on Wheels program after witnessing a similar program’s success in Saskatoon, Canada, which had benefited his parents, amongst many others, and which was organized by the Rotary Club in that city.

Throughout the following 18 years, Rotarians have not only donated substantial monies to Meals on Wheels but have also assisted in delivering meals to people in need.

“Along with this money and the money we just received from the ‘100 Men in Cayman Who Give a Damn,’ it will take us through to the end of the year,” Ms. McField said. 

“Thanks to all the people who have sponsored and donated to Meals on Wheels, which has made 2015 an extremely successful year in fundraising and funds received,” she said. 

This, Ms. McField said, will finally allow the charity to look at bringing the West Bay district fully on board for inclusion in the program. In West Bay, Meals on Wheels feeds nine people, but has identified 80 or more people who need assistance. 

“The entire community, whether it is the little man on the street with a bag of rice or a corporation as sponsor … is now involved with Meals on Wheels. I am proud of that because it makes [this] a program for the community by the community,” said Ms. McField. 

Ms. McField’s mother Martha, an elderly widow, not simply satisfied with the usual Sunday visits to her elderly friends and neighbors began cooking and delivering meals before going to church Sunday mornings.Her work was later picked up by Rehoboth Ministries and her daughter Beulah McField, as well as supported by government.

In 1997, Rotary launched Meals on Wheels in Cayman.At first, they fed 14 seniors three days a week. By 2014, Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels was feeding 170 seniors in three districts with a partial presence in a fourth, preparing and delivering more than 37,000 meals per year. 

Meals on Wheels Beulah McField and chairman Rob Imparato, second from left, receive the check from Rotary treasurer Chris Johnson, far left, and president Brian Hurley. – Photo: Jewel Levy,