Meals that Mend Frozen Edition
Sponsored by Edmonton Firefighters Union Local 209
This year we have had a lot of exciting firsts! We partnered with Ronald McDonald House® Wellington to bake across the continents, toured Ronald McDonald House® Auckland and organized our first annual Fire Chili Cook Off. Our newest endeavour is one that we are exceptionally proud to be a part of! We were looking for different ways to support more families and perhaps might have been dared to up the ante by Martin, RMHCNA CEO. So, after many discussions with Martin and our Union, today is the launch of another first: Meals that Mend Frozen Edition sponsored by Edmonton Fire Fighters Union (EFFU) Local 209.
The EFFU has partnered with RMHCNA, the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital to create this new program. Once completely up and running, Meals that Mend Frozen Edition will support families in crisis by providing around-the-clock access to healthy meals. This program is a first of its kind for RMHCNA and Firefighters alike. We hope to see this partnership grow and develop.
Phase one of this ambitious and unprecedented program is stocking a freezer at RMHCNA with tasty nutritious meals available to families at RMHCNA and families using the Day Pass program. When families use the Day Pass program they have access RMHCNA programming like meals and the shuttle. Families can even catch a nap, do laundry, take a shower or join in on any of our family activities.
It is important to us as well as for the EFFU and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services to support the people we serve on and off duty. We know this program exemplifies this commitment. The Frozen Edition of Meals that Mend is really an extension of RMHCNA’s Meals that Mend, where community members plan, prepare and share meals with House families. We will be relying on the kindness of the community to assist with preparing and packaging freezer meals.
Collectively, we can help parents recharge and refresh as they battle for their kids. We know all these families will have moments where they feel alone, but we want this program to serve as a reminder that there really is a huge community standing with them. We need these families to know that we’ve got their backs.