'Cook's day off' is welcome

Enid Ford (left)  receives a meal from  Unichem Knox Pharmacy's dispensing manager Shin wei Chan  and  Unichem Centre City retail assistant Karen Porteous, both Meals on Wheels volunteers. Photo by Samantha McPherson.
Enid Ford (left) receives a meal from Unichem Knox Pharmacy's dispensing manager Shin wei Chan and Unichem Centre City retail assistant Karen Porteous, both Meals on Wheels volunteers. Photo by Samantha McPherson.

Dunedin woman Enid Ford (94) is determined to remain in her own home and receiving Meals on Wheels helps her to do it.

Mrs Ford receives a hot lunch and dessert on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She has received Meals on Wheels since 2011.

Describing those days as ''the cook's day off'', Mrs Ford said she welcomed the friendly lunchtime visit from the Meals on Wheels volunteers.

''They are good people - it's very nice to see them,'' she said.

''And over time, they can become friends.''

The meals were a big help for Mrs Ford, who said she still wanted to ''do as much for myself as I can''.

Yesterday's meal was delivered by Unichem Knox Pharmacy dispensing manager Shin Wei Chan and Unichem Centre City retail assistant Karen Porteous. The two pharmacies, both owned by Nik and Paul Wild, have an ongoing commitment to deliver Meals on Wheels for Age Concern every Wednesday.

''Two staff members - one from each pharmacy - go out together as a team, and we have a lot of fun doing it,'' Mrs Wild said.

''It is good to give something back to the community.''

 

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