Meals on Wheels’ coin drive raises more than $30,000

A member of the public donates to Meals on Wheels volunteers as part of the coin drive. – Photo: Wil Bignal-Ebanks

More than 300 volunteers participated in the Meals on Wheels annual Change for Change Coin Drive, which took place on March 23 and 24 in Grand Cayman.

The coin drive raised more than $30,000, which is enough to serve more than 6,000 meals, and coins are still being counted for a total tally, according to the charity.

Meals on Wheels is dedicated to providing meals for 223 seniors on Grand Cayman who are presently enrolled in the program, and the charity generally serves around 4,000 meals a month.

Every month, Meals on Wheels labors to raise the $20,000 it needs to continue to operate, and the organization relies on approximately 100 volunteers weekly to deliver the meals during their lunch hour. The volunteers commit to one day per week every week and use their own cars to make deliveries.

Meals on Wheels prepares a nutritious hot meal and soup for the seniors every weekday.

Organizers said the program would not be possible without support from the community and a generous grant from the Cayman Islands government. The fundraisers are held to fill in the gaps in community funding.

“I am overwhelmed truly by the wonderful support I saw … from our community,” said Erin Bodden, general manager for Meals on Wheels, about the annual Change for Change Coin Drive. “Everyone from the Girls’ Brigade to corporations, small businesses, civil servants, churches and more. It is because of these volunteers and donations that Meals on Wheels continues to serve. Thank you so much for opening your heart and emptying your pockets for such a worthy cause.”

Meals on Wheels relied on several sponsors to help operate the coin drive, and organizations such as Davenport Development Ltd., the Cayman Compass and Radio Cayman helped the charity cover costs associated with advertising, and providing volunteer T-shirts and the lapel stickers distributed.

Several supermarkets, banks and local businesses participated in the drive.

“Meals on Wheels is one of those charities I totally believe in supporting,” said long-time Meals on Wheels volunteer and supporter Tara Bush. “It covers all the objects of my life purpose, which is to bring peace to the world through nutrition. For nearly two years, I have been supporting Meals on Wheels as a volunteer and the satisfaction of delivering nutritious meals to our elderly citizens, plus talking to each of them fills me with immense gratitude. It is often the highlight of my week.”

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