The Bernard Betel Centre is pleased to be the recipient of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund grant for $149,800 to renovate the Betel kitchen and install a large freezer which will improve access to healthy, nutritious food for seniors in the community.
Since the onset of COVID-19, the Bernard Betel Centre has seen a dramatic and continued growth of our Meals on Wheels program. The need for affordable, healthy and nutritious meals, delivered right to the door of program participants, is crucial and continues to grow. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bernard Betel Centre was making between 165-200 meals per day, which has grown to over 700 meals per day, and over 11,000 meals per month. Give the space limitations in the Betel Centre kitchen, and the ever-growing need for the Meals on Wheels program, the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will provide the Betel Centre the financial resources to renovate our current space, develop physical capacity to further grow our Meals on Wheels program, and provide much needed healthy, nutritious kosher meals to older adults in the community.