Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels was the beneficiary of more than a ton of food last Thursday, courtesy of the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association.
It was the fifth year the bikers held their Wheels for Meals food drive. This year’s total came to 3,200 lbs of food.
Beulah McField, executive director of Meals on Wheels, said the food is needed now more than ever.
“If you’re hungry, just feeding somebody is a big deal,” she said. “And that is part of being disenfranchised. For instance, our seniors, because they cannot go back into the work force, are definitely disenfranchised having to live off $550 a month. So food is a big deal for them, and it is for families in this kind of hardship.”
The food will be distributed to Meals on Wheels’s three kitchens in George Town, Bodden Town and East End, and directly to those who need it.
Wheels for Meals volunteers collected the food last Saturday. A ride the following day involved 35 bikers.
Keith Keller, president and founder of the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association, started Wheels for Meals five years ago, “because there’s a lot of people on this island who are starting to have problems financially, especially seniors. They need as much help as they can get. There should be nobody here going without food.
“Some of these seniors are not leaving their house, so if someone doesn’t come and give them food, they’re going to go without,” he said.
Ms. McField said some of the food is for seniors who live on as little as $550 a month, “so anything that we can do to assist them in making that go further is appreciated.”
The food will also be delivered to those struggling to feed their families, she added.
“My message to the bikers is ‘thank you, thank you, thank you,’ because it is so difficult to be the face out there that’s always asking, so it’s good when someone else is out there advocating for the cause as well.”
“If you can give to the Meals on Wheels program, whether it be food, money or time, they can use all of it,” said Mr. Keller.
Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels is hosting the Orange You Glad Gala on April 9 at the Marriott Hotel. Tickets are $150. Proceeds go directly to the charity organization.