Local politicians have welcomed today’s funding for local Meals on Wheels Services under the CLÁR 2020 Programme.
Deputy Denis Naughten and Senator Eugene Murphy have welcomed the announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, that a total of €340,000 has been given the green light to support 45 projects in rural communities under the programme.
“A breakdown of the figures shows that The Melting Pot Community Society in County Roscommon has been allocated €20,000 while Glenamaddy Community Care has been allocated €2,250.
“Both groups were allocated funding for the purchase of equipment to facilitate Meals on Wheels and this is a vital service for rural areas particularly this year with the additional challenges of Covid19. The Meals on Wheels service is a vital life link for communities and helps combat rural isolation and this funding is most welcome,” said Senator Murphy.
Meanwhile Chairperson of the Dáil Committee on Rural and Community Affairs, Denis Naughten TD, has confirmed the allocation of €34,660 for three local Meals on Wheels projects serving older people in Roscommon and East Galway.
“Over the last number of years there has been very limited access to Meals on Wheels services in either County Roscommon or East Galway and this announcement will help to change this situation,” said Denis Naughten.
Funding has been provided for equipment in Glenamaddy (€2,250), Shannonbridge (€12,410) and at the Melting Pot in Roscommon Town (€20,000) to improve the capacity to operate a Meals on Wheels service to older people within their catchment areas.
The project at the Melting Pot is a joint venture with Roscommon LEADER and Roscommon Home Services and the plan is to use this as a template to expand this service to parts of County Roscommon and, ultimately, Galway which are currently without such a vital service.
“We have all seen how important the Meals on Wheels service has been during the lockdown and I now hope with this funding from Minister Heather Humphreys that we can see these services put on a formal and long term sustainable model that will deliver for older people in the months and years to come,” concluded Deputy Naughten.
Today’s announcement is in addition to funding of €4.1 million for 115 projects which the Minister announced on November 2nd, 2020, under Measures 1 and 2 of CLÁR. Over 1,500 projects have been funded under CLÁR since the programme was reintroduced in 2016.