If you live in eastern East York and find cooking for yourself to be a problem, consider the service offered by True Davidson Meals on Wheels (East York) Inc. A non-profit, charitable organization, we deliver tasty, nutritious meals right to the door of residents who because of illness, disabilty or age need a helping hand.
The food comes in frozen and hot forms. For both, there's an entree with meat and veggies or just vegetables if desired. For those requesting hot meals, along with the main dish comes soup, dessert and a bun or bread. There's an extensive menu to choose from and all the food is overseen by dietitians.
The meals are varied and appetizing, the price is right and the delivery teams of volunteers are sweet and friendly. They know their way around cranky elevators, parking problems and winter weather.
hits of history
The concept of "Meals on Wheels" — food delivered to needy citizens by volunteers using their own vehicles — originated in London during the Second World War when English women transported food to residents rendered homeless by enemy bombing.
True Davidson Meals on Wheels is an East York agency that bears the name of Gertrude “True” Davidson (1901-1978), a colourful, salty-tongued politician and author. The first mayor of the Borough of East York, she was known for her striking hats and no-holds-barred debating style. True was dedicated to East York, especially to its poorer residents and its independence. She also fought for the preservation of the Don Valley. A seniors’ residence is named in her honour, as is True Davidson Drive, a street running alongside the Don River.
True Davidson Meals on Wheels was founded in 1973, with delivery of hot meals offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The agency received charitable status in 1980 and was incorporated in September, 1986. Deliveries were increased in 1987 to five days a week and, in 1988, further expanded to include Sunday. Frozen meals were first provided in 1990.