About Burnaby Meals on Wheels
Burnaby Meals on Wheels promotes health and independence by providing nutritious, local and affordable food to people who – for physical, mental health, social or economic reasons – are unable to meet their dietary needs.
Burnaby Meals on Wheels started in February of 1968 when the United Way of the Lower Mainland called for a meeting of community organizations, church groups, and anyone who was interested, to discuss the need for a hot meal service for those residents of Burnaby who were unable to meet their own nutritional needs. A standing committee of the United Way was formed known as the Burnaby Meals on Wheels Committee. This committee began a hot lunchtime meal service commencing on May 6, 1968 for South-East Burnaby.
In April 26th, 1993, The Burnaby Meals on Wheels Committee evolved into a separate non-profit society. While continuing to deliver hot western meals, the Home Delivery Meal Program has expanded to include Chinese, vegetarian, diabetic and frozen meals, bag lunches, and frozen breakfasts.
In 2012, with funding from United Way of the Lower Mainland, Burnaby Meals on Wheels developed a Food In Burnaby map. This map, updated annually, identifies where you can find various markets and grocery stores, community food programs, meal programs, community gardens and farmers markets.
In partnership with Burnaby Community Services, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and MOSAIC, Burnaby Meals on Wheels opened the Brentwood Community Resource Centre on May 2nd, 2014. Located in the heart of Burnaby, the Centre provides support and resources to meet the diverse needs of the community with programs for children & families, seniors, youth and newcomers.
With funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program Burnaby Meals on Wheels began the Let’s Do Lunch program. This new program promotes healthy eating with friendly volunteers visiting seniors in their homes to share lunch, form friendships and provide information on community support and social events.
Currently, Burnaby Meals on Wheels provides over 135 clients with more than 9000 meals annually. In partnership with Progressive Housing, Burnaby Meals on Wheels provides bananas and milk through the Homeless Nutritional Outreach program. Burnaby Food First is an organization that partners with Burnaby Meals on Wheels to “achieve food security through community action and support.” For information about the society please see our 2016 Annual Report (PDF) and Financial Statements (PDF).