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_Monday 29th January, 2007 Posted: 15:32 CIT (20:32 GMT)
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Donates $40,000

President Joey Hew of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman presented a cheque for
CI$40,000 to the Meals On Wheels Chairman Rotarian Richard Coles last week.
These funds were raised from fundraisers organized by the Rotary Club of Grand
Cayman namely the annual Camelot Auction, which will be held on May 25 of
this year.

Meals on Wheels is a charitable organization ran by the Rotary Club of Grand
Cayman with the assistance of the Government and the Rehoboth T.E. McField
Center, where the meals are prepared.

Over the years the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Meals On Wheels
programme has grown from delivering meals to a few indigent and shut–in senior
citizens twice–a–week to a full blown programme of approximately 65 meals five
days per week in George Town and 20 in the Eastern Districts. In West Bay
another 20 meals are provided three days per week.

“We are confident that this is a meaningful programme that is satisfying a great
need in the community,” the Rotary said in a press release.

“The continuing effectiveness of Meals on Wheels will depend greatly on the
level of support it receives from the Club. In order to ensure its long–term
success the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has registered a not–for–profit
company for Meals On Wheels. It is hoped that with the support of key corporate
sponsors the Rotary Meals On Wheels can continue to grow and provide this
very valuable service to our community.”

Meals for the George Town area are prepared five days per week at the Teacher
McField Centre under the supervision of Beulah McField. The Club provides the
food supplies while Beulah provides the facility and personnel to prepare the

Rotary has also recently provided most of the kitchen appliances for Miss

A wide cross section of community volunteers including church members and
Rotarians deliver meals to the needy each day. To be able to command this
level of community support for the meals delivery programme is one indicator of
its meaningfulness to the George Town community.
“It is our hope that more Rotarians will find it possible to join the delivery work
force so that the programme can be expanded over time to include other areas,”
the release said.

Cayman Islands Marine Institute also prepares meals for the West Bay area and
Red Cross volunteers do deliveries. About 25 meals are delivered each day,
three days per week. Largely due to the tremendous support received from the
Red Cross the West Bay area programme continues to run smoothly. The meals
for the Eastern Districts are prepared at cost by the Lighthouse Restaurant, and
are delivered by community groups in those districts.

This year Meals on Wheels began to provide lunches for primary age school
children who would otherwise go without. This programme is currently being
utilized in three primary schools on the Island.

This year it is expected that the Meals on Wheels programme will cost the club in
more than U$100,000.


 Meals on Wheels needs sponsors            _By Jessica McTaggart,
 Thursday 6th July, 2006 Posted: 15:25 CIT (20:25 GMT)
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 The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is branching out with a new initiative to fund
 its Meals on Wheels programme and open it up to corporate sponsorship.

 Meals on Wheels is a non–profit volunteer programme that delivers meals to
 senior citizens who are unable to leave their homes.

 Incoming Rotary President Joseph Hew is responsible for the new fundraising
 programme called Team Up and Tip Up. This venture enlists the help of local
 restaurants, where patrons can round up their bill to the nearest dollar and
 donate that change, or any other amount, to Meals on Wheels.

 Participating restaurants are Coconut Joes, Castaways, Edoardo’s, Café Med
 and Ragazzi Ristorante Pizzeria.

 Corporate sponsorship for Meals on Wheels was suspended after Hurricane
 Ivan, but plans are under way to launch another in the upcoming weeks, said
 Mr. Hew.
 Meals on Wheels delivers more than 400 meals per week at a cost of
 CI$60,000 per annum. Bank Austria has been the single largest sponsor for
 the past five years and Esso has recently followed suit.

 Since its inception in 1997, Meals on Wheels has expanded to every district
 except North Side. In George Town alone 67 meals over six routes are
 delivered on a daily basis, and there is a waiting list.

 “We need an expansion on our kitchen,” said Beulah McField, executive board
 member for Meals on Wheels.

 Meals for George Town are made and packaged at the T.E McField Centre,
 but the other districts prepare meals at their separate community centres.

 “Our goal is to expand the kitchen facilities in George Town, to cook all the
 food and send it out to be packaged at the separate community centres,” said
 Ms McField.

 Jim O’Neil, managing director of Bank Austria and a Rotarian, has been
 responsible for Bank Austria’s involvement with the programme for the past
 five years.

 “It is a fantastic programme,” said Mr. O’Neil. “Over 25,000 meals were
 delivered last year.”

 Rotarians, along with employees from Bank Austria, CUC, Royal Bank of
 Canada, Fosters Food Fair, Cable and Wireless and Victory Tabernacle all
 volunteer their time to deliver meals to shut in senior citizens.

 “It is one of the most worthwhile services anyone could get involved with,” said
 Ms McField. “It is an excellent opportunity for people to understand the level of
 need in the Cayman community.”

Companies interested in sponsorship, or restaurants interested in participating
in the Team Up and Tip Up programme please contact Joseph Hew at 949–
0055 or 916–4394.

                          Lawyers help Meals on Wheels
Posted on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 10:32 in Local News
                      (CNS): Grand Cayman’s Meals on Wheels programme has
                      received a donation of US$5,000 from international offshore
                      law firm, Mourant du Feu & Jeune. Meals On Wheels
                      provides food, conversation and regular safety checks to
                      hungry seniors and those with disabilities. Relying heavily on
                      public donations, a team of dedicated volunteers prepare
                      and deliver meals to almost 170 people, five days a week
                      throughout Grand Cayman ensuring the recipients receive at
                      least one balanced meal a day and providing them with
                      additional social interaction, which is often one of the
highlights of their day.

Beulah McField, organizer of the Meals on Wheels programme, is pleased that
her organisation has been selected as one of the charitable organizations that
Mourant du Feu & Jeune has chosen to donate to. She said, “We understand
that in these uncertain and turbulent economical times it is not easy to give. This,
however, makes the gift from Mourant du Feu & Jeune all the more remarkable.
The Meals on Wheels Board of Directors thanks you, as do all the 168

Neal Lomax (above), head of Mourant du Feu & Jeune’s Cayman office, is
delighted to provide financial assistance to Meals on Wheels: “Cayman is a
caring community and Meals on Wheels epitomises the spirit of giving to others
and helping those who need it most. We are extremely pleased to support such a
worthwhile cause.”

Meals on Wheels is one of a number of charitable and sporting organisations that
Mourant du Feu & Jeune has donated money to recently through staff pledges
and charitable trust monies, including a Summer Camp programme for local
children in need, the Cayman Brac Relief Fund and youth sides of the Cayman
Cricket Association and Cayman Rugby Union.

Another project is the "Meals on Wheels" programme,now in its fourth year. Four
hundred meals are served weekly tothe elderly in George Town and West Bay,
and the Club hopes tobe able to extend it further across the island in the
future.The club receives the support of the Cayman Islands Marine Instituteand
the Beulah McField Rehoboth Center in preparing the mealsfor this programme.
Annis stands about five–foot two in her thread–bare slippers; her thin shoulders
slightly stooped.

CUC employees Danny Manderson and Tony Kenzel deliver lunch each week to
Violet Myles in George Town as part of the Meals on Wheels programme.
Photo: Tammie C. Chisholm

She’s in the kitchen of her Scranton home, peering around the half open scuffed
wooden door.

She lives in a neighbourhood that’s seen its share of killings and crime.

She lives in a neighbourhood where you don’t leave your doors open or

She lives in a neighbourhood where many residents know hunger.

Annis’ neighbourhood is in the shadows of towering concrete, metal and glass
buildings that are home to many of the institutions that make the Cayman Islands
the fifth largest financial centre in the world.

The glittering buildings are a stark contrast to her neighbourhood, which is
littered with junked cars, trash–strewn vacant lots and vandalised buildings.

It would appear that Annis’ neighbourhood is one that care has given up on.

But that’s not the case.

Tony Kenzel and Danny Manderson care.

Neil Cruickshank cares.

Mary Garcia, Marvalyn Lee and Beulah McField care.

So do the other volunteers and staff that make the Meals on Wheels programme
work each day.
“This is one job I enjoy,” said Mr. Kenzel, who works along side CUC co–worker
Mr. Manderson to deliver meals weekly. “I don’t just put the food down. I talk to

The CUC pair are just two of the electrical company’s employees that take part
weekly in the Meals on Wheels programme as volunteers. Other volunteers
come from other companies, are private individuals or members of Rotary.

They deliver meals each week to Violet Myles in George Town.

“It’s very, very good,” said Ms Myles. “I am so glad and happy that someone has
come to help.”

For many recipients the MoW lunch is the only nutritionally balanced meal they
get each day.

Ms McField took over the feeding of Cayman’s elderly from her mother more than
10 years ago.

Her mom made sure the elderly members of her church received a hot meal from
her own kitchen on a daily basis.

“She got to a place where she couldn’t do it,” she said.

Ms McField heads up Rehoboth Ministries, which Government allowed to move
in to the TE McField Youth and Community Centre if it would provide a
community service.

The feeding programme fit right in.

“We started on a little electric stove much like you find in houses,” she said. “Two
months after we started, Rotary wanted to bring Meals on Wheels here and went
to McKeeva Bush. He said someone was already doing that in a government
facility. We’ve been partners ever since.”

Meals on Wheels feeds about 150 people every day in the areas of East End,
Breakers, George Town and the Frank Sound area.

And there are 36 people in Bodden Town waiting for the programme to revamp
there. It was stopped after Hurricane Ivan.

Convincing the elderly on limited incomes to participate in the Meals on Wheels
programme hasn’t been easy.

“Initially we knew all of the recipients through my mother,” Ms McField said.
Referrals come from churches, Social Services and neighbours.

“When we first got started I had to go to every one of the elderly and ask them to
allow us to please let us feed them,” she said. “It was hard breaking that cultural
tradition of not accepting food from a stranger. It took a long time, but we did it.”

While preparing and delivering the meals can be a rewarding experience, it can
also be an eye opener to the uglier side of the Cayman Islands.

“One of the problems is children,” Ms McField said.

She cites an example of one George Town woman who lived her entire life in her
own home, tending her garden, being as self sufficient as she could on a limited
income, accepting her daily gift of food from Meals on Wheels.

“We would stop, visit and she would talk about her plants.”

Eventually her grown children began moving into her home, bringing with them
their older children.

They’ve now taken over her home, relegating her to a small room in the house.
The garden no longer exists.

In some cases Ms McField expects the elderly are being abused.

“Some of them do beat their grandparents,” she said. “The elderly person would
never bring charges. They feel connected to them, even if it’s bad treatment.
They continue to put up with it.”

One of the things Meals on Wheels does is bring balance to a bad situation when
the volunteers arrive in a yard to deliver food. The children and grandchildren
taking advantage of the elderly person become well behaved when there’s a
stranger in the yard, she said.

A while back MoW volunteers serving a particularly bad section of Scranton
literally had to step over the bodies of drug dealers and abusers when delivering
to one elderly person’s home.

Volunteer and former Royal Cayman Islands Police Officer Derrick Haines was
put on the route.

“That helped to move those drug dealers from that elderly person’s yard,” Ms
McField said.

While the programme is free to those who need it, it isn’t cheap to operate.
The programme buys food from Progressive, Fosters and Uncle Clem’s Kitchen.
Cost–U–Less sends over food it can’t sell because of damaged packaging,
saving the programme about $200 a month.

Meals that serve George Town clients are prepared at the TE McField centre.
Restaurants in other parts of Grand Cayman are paid $4 per meal to feed clients

In September those who oversee Meals on Wheels realised they didn’t have
enough money to meet costs for the rest of the year, despite the generous
support of Rotary.

To help raise money, Meals on Wheels plans its first fundraiser next month.

Moving Art for Meals on Wheels will be held 8 March at the home of Ashley and
Ina Hammer on Canal Point. There, 150 patrons will be able to view and buy
original art from four Cayman–based artists – Dora Williams, Sue Howe, Renate
Seffer and Avril Ward.

Each of the artists will paint four or five new paintings for the evening. Forty per
cent of any artwork sold will go to Meals on Wheels. Proceeds from tickets, which
are $75 each, will also go to the charity. Tickets cover the costs of alcohol and

Cuban cigars will be offered for sale and there will be live entertainment.

To find out more about the fundraiser or to order tickets, call Ms McField at 916–
5967 or email

The programme is always willing to take on more volunteers. Contact Ms


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