The Meals-on-Wheels Programme
How It Started
PCW's Meals-on-Wheels Programme was born out of a desire by residents of the Pinelands community to find a systematic way cater meals to the less fortunate in the society. The elderly, who were often left on their own and who are disabled in their old age, were especially targeted for assistance.Because of their disabilities they cannot cook or clean for themselves and therefore if left completely on their own they will live under extremely unhygenic conditions. This is not only unhealthy to the individual but also to the community at large.
Almost all of the recipients are senior citizens. They are a few cases of families in extreme poverty, usually headed by a single mother with multiple children. In these cases the mothers are mentally challenged and virtually unemployable.
The Meals-on-Wheels program was started very modestly with a donation of a refrigerator and stove from local store Standard Distributors. Soon these other local donors lent their support :- Rick's Supermarket, The Barbados Pig Farners' Co-op, Sam's Vegetable World, Harry's Vegetable Basket, The Packaging Center, Two Guys Mini Mart, Catelli Food Products, Chickmont Foods and The Barbados National Food Crop Cooperative. Since then the program has had to depend on weekly and monthly donors to sustain the program.