Halifax Meals on Wheels records

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Halifax Meals on Wheels records

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CR 22

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  • 1963-2008 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records
34 photographs: b&w; col.

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(1969 -)

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Halifax Meals on Wheels (MOW) was founded in 1969 as a means for people who have difficulty preparing meals for themselves to have one hot meal per day delivered to their homes. The Halifax Soroptimist Club began organizing MOW in April 1969 by seeking the help of other organizations and community members while funds were raised through municipal grants and private donations. The organization was quickly established and MOW began serving its first meals in November 1969.

The purpose of MOW is to deliver hot meals for a small fee to clients who are unable to independently maintain a balanced diet at home. This clientele partly consists of senior citizens, convalescents, and chronically ill out-patients. In 1972, MOW was incorporated under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Coordinator is responsible for organizing day to day operations. In 1974, MOW was accepted as a member organization of the United Appeal. The number of meals delivered, the number of volunteers, and the number of clients served steadily increased each year. In 2006, MOW provided 17,000 meals to 1,700 clients across Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Halifax Meals on Wheels donated the pre-1996 records to NSARM in 1996. HRM Archives obtained records through a transfer from Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management and a donation from Halifax Meals on Wheels in 2008.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, annual reports, by-laws, administrative documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, promotional material, surveys & questionnaires of clientele. The correspondence includes the earliest efforts to create a MOW branch in Halifax and include letters and information from other MOW branches in Canada.

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Records are arranged in chronological order.

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