The Westend Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC – located in Terra Losa) is now offering a Meal Program that features homemade meals, frozen soups, and baked goods.
“We know that this is a much-needed service”, advised Dr. Haidong Liang, Executive Director of WSAC. “As a Gerontologist, my ultimate goal of serving seniors is to help them achieve healthy aging in their communities. Also, being actively involved in a national task force tackling malnutrition for seniors, I have a very clear understanding of the importance of nutrition. For example, did you know that 65% of seniors admitted into hospital emergency wards are suffering from malnutrition and as a result, their average length of stay is three days longer than other patients?”
“We understand many seniors are unable to have access to nutritious and affordable meals from reliable food providers and with the recent closures due to COVID-19, we know older adults are going to be reluctant to go shopping. That is why our centre is taking the initiative in creating our Meal Program for seniors in the greater Edmonton area.”
Made weekly using the freshest ingredients, these meals are frozen and simply need to be reheated. Nutritious AND affordable, the centre also is providing free delivery for seniors who do not drive or are unable to go to the centre to pick up their orders.
WSAC’s frozen entree menu has included meals such as lasagna, chicken pot pie, beef stew, chili with cornmeal muffins, as well as a wide range of frozen soups. “We are really proud of the quality of food prepared by our kitchen staff. Our chicken soups are made with homemade stock, fresh vegetables, and chicken breast. Our beef barley is made with AAA beef. We used only fresh beets in the borscht soup and fresh mushrooms in the cream of mushroom. All of the soups are then frozen in containers for easy storage,” advised Liang.
If you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy the baked goods too. “All of our baked goods and muffins are homemade with some of our Kitchen Coordinator’s favourite recipes. Our members have always enjoyed coming to our cafe for coffee and some baking. We wanted to make sure we included something sweet for people to order. We change the baked goods every two weeks as well. Some of our members’ favourites are blueberry, rhubarb crumble, cranberry orange, and honey raisin bran,” said Liang.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MEAL PROGRAM
We have ordered meals and soups from the Meal Plan several times and never been disappointed. The entrees are delicious with quality ingredients! The soups are very tasty with lots of good beef, chicken, or beans, and fresh herbs. Quantities are more than adequate for two meals and given the quality of the product, the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend giving it a try!
~ Jaqueline S.
Westend Seniors has made it very simple to order something from their menu. You can place your order for pick up/delivery by:
- Using the online ordering system on their website: www.weseniors.ca
- Emailing their centre: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Calling their centre: 780-483-1209 ext. #225
The centre’s team of volunteer drivers are also ready to deliver to seniors who do not drive or who are unable to visit their centre. “People can place their orders and our staff will get their payment over the phone and then set up a time for our volunteers to deliver their orders,” advised Liang, adding that the volunteer drivers enjoy the opportunity to help their peers.
Liang advised that readers visit the Westend Seniors Activity Centre’s website a www.weseniors.ca to see photos of the meals, soups, baked goods, and learn about pricing. “This program is open to everyone. You do not have to be a member of our centre to order meals. As I said before, our ultimate goal is to serve seniors and to help them achieve healthy aging in their communities. Our Meal Program is one way we are doing that.”
Article submitted by the Westend Seniors Activity Centre.