Meals on Wheels kicked off its annual fundraising campaign and celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting an “Icon Day” on Friday.
The “Icon Day” gave individuals from across the public and private sectors an opportunity to bring awareness of seniors’ hunger through their participation in the delivery of meals, according to organizers.
The event was held at the T.E. McField Youth and Community Centre on School Road in George Town, where seniors enjoyed a gourmet meal prepared by chefs from The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
“This is something that we do every year. We ask different members of the community to come out and deliver one or two meals, sit and talk to a senior [and] just to say that anyone and everyone can get involved with Meals on Wheels,” said Beulah McField, Meals and Wheels executive director.
Thanking Ritz-Carlton staff and executive chef Frederic Morineau for preparing the meals, Ms. McField noted the organization was also celebrating its 20th anniversary.
“We are excited … we need to raise the awareness of Meals on Wheels by fundraising – every meal that goes out is free of cost to seniors,” she said.
Meals on Wheels has kitchens in all the districts of Grand Cayman except for West Bay. Ms. McField said the organization is working diligently to establish a kitchen there, possibly before the end of this year, because there are more than 100 people in that district using Meals on Wheels’ services.
Chef Morineau said The Ritz-Carlton has been involved with Meals on Wheels for about eight years, cooking for the organization twice a year. “This year we decided to do it once every three months,” he said.
“We always try to make Caribbean meals, and today we prepared jerk, Cayman-style stew beef, rice and beans, mashed potatoes, corn bread and chicken noodle soup,” he said.
Staff at The Ritz-Carlton ate the same meal as the seniors on that day, he said.
Education Minister and West Bay MLA Tara Rivers also attended the fundraiser.
“It’s not just to lend oral support as a representative of the district of West Bay, but to be there to deliver the meals as well,” Minister Rivers said.
“West Bay is the only remaining district in Grand Cayman without a [Meals on Wheels] kitchen – a situation we hope to remedy,” she said.
Meals on Wheels provides free, hot, nutritious meals five days a week to more than 215 senior, home-bound and disabled individuals throughout the Cayman Islands.