Trenton Legion gets support to help seniors
Legion members in Quinte West want to reach out to help community seniors, and the federal government is helping them do that.Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis announced the government’s New Horizons for Seniors Funding program will provide Royal Canadian Legion Branch 110 in Quinte West with $25,000 for a new program aim at helping seniors, particularly widows and widowers adjusting to being alone.
Ellis, representing Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, noted that Legion program will not only help people, it will also be run by volunteers, which he said speaks volumes about the organization itself.
“It’s great to have organizations like the Legion that support seniors, whether that is through programming or wellness,” he said.
“Whether it’s a widowed senior who needs refreshing with cooking, whether it’s a card game or just having somebody to socialize with, this is what these programs are all about.”
Legion president Manny Raspberry said the program, which is open to all seniors in the area regardless of Legion affiliation, aims to reach out to seniors in particular who have lost a loved one and need help adjusting to the skills they need to be alone.
The weekly Caring, Cooking and Comradeship program is geared teach seniors to cook and about nutrition, as well as providing a chance to meet people.
“They will get in the kitchen and make their own meal,” he said. “They will sit down and eat it and have some comradeship and make some new friends and then they can take whatever’s left over home.”
Raspberry said the idea came about after it was noticed that some recently widowed members were starting to come to the Legion’s twice monthly community breakfast for the needy.
“We have a lot of members who are passing away leaving widows and widowers, and they relied on their partner to do the cooking,” he said. “So we found out that some of them are not really eating healthy.
“We are so excited about getting the grant to make this happen.”
Raspberry said members of the community are invited to come. Members of the Legion and the legion’s Ladies Auxiliary will be purchasing the food, teaching people to cook and possibly running some games and events for those using the program.
Anyone interested in using the program can contact the Legion at 613-392-0331 or stop in at 19 Quinte St. in Trenton.
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