We are a NPO that feeds about 600 people 3x per week. These include the elderly and disabled. To qualify for meals you need to be over 65. However we do feed some disabled people younger than that but the government does not subsidize us for their meals.
We run solely on donations. We are supposed to get a subsidy from the government however it is getting less and less every month.
Meals on Wheels deliveries are done 3x a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by volunteers (which we are short of). Help is always needed.
The centre is managed by Mr Murray Calitz. Mr Calitz and his team of 9 volunteers deliver meals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to individuals. On a Wednesday we run a club from the Excelsior Centre where the elderly can come and enjoy a meal and catch up with friends.
The Centre is more than just a meal provider; it can also be described as a club house where all the people in the program get together on Wednesdays for some social interaction and culture enrichment. To enjoy warm companionship is an important part of their lives and help against loneliness, depression and boredom. For some it will be the only time that they will see other people, especially those who live alone.
The helping hand does not end here, Mr Calitz and his volunteers at the Excelsior Service Centre go above and beyond by even taking time to take individuals to the doctors and even take them shopping. This is really and truly going the extra mile.
Meals-on-Wheels in Port Elizabeth, is situated at the Excelsior Service Centre at 15 Papenkuils Street in Linton Grange. We also run a soup kitchen at the St Albans Primary School where we feed all the children as this is sometimes the only meal they'll receive.