Holy Trinity Anglican/Lutheran Church has partnered with Edson United Church to deliver meals to seniors once a week.
The United Trinity Kitchen ecumenical food ministry is an extension of Kate’s Kitchen, which was offered out of St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, and provided food and fellowship to the Edson community for years.
When the United Church applied for and received a Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Funding Distribution grant for COVID-19 support, Kate’s Kitchen volunteers offered to help with the new venture, enabling them to continue serving the senior demographic.
Congregations referred seniors to the meal program, and then the ministry reached out to people living in senior’s apartments, while also accepting referrals by word of mouth. The program now serves 100 seniors living within town limits.
The kitchen crew meets every Thursday at the Edson United Church to prepare and package light meals. They follow COVID-19 safety regulations donning hairnets and face masks to make and deliver meals such as, hearty beef barley soup, creamy chicken stew and veggie soup with buns and dessert. Extra meals are donated to Reflections, the local brain injury support centre. The meals will be delivered continuously through the summer until November 26.
Holy Trinity volunteer Cherise Fron says she helps with the outreach program because “it feels good to give seniors a break.” She says people have been very-appreciative of the meals.
“Once they hear the government has paid for their meal, they are even happier to accept it,” she laughs.
To receive a meal, seniors in Edson can contact Cherise at 780-712-9022.