Premier Ed Stelmach served up $5 million in provincial cash before dishing up lunch yesterday outside Calgary’s Meals on Wheels office.
Dressed sharply in a yellow cowboy shirt and boots, Stelmach announced the money to help build a new centre for the non-profit agency.
“I really admire the tremendous volunteer work of Meals on Wheels and what they have done,” Stelmach said before he served the lunch.
Sandra Walker, a board member with Meals on Wheels, said the money will go a long way in ensuring the program continues to meet the needs of less-fortunate Calgarians.
“Think about it, we have 75 volunteers serving about 500 seniors a day about 1,600 meals total. We needed the funding for the new facility and that’s the bottom line,” she said.
The $5 million from the province was topped up by $1.5 million from the City of Calgary.
The new centre is expected to be ready by January of 2009 and will be located at 225 58 Ave. S.E.
Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers food to seniors, the working homeless, people with disabilities and school children.