The Northern Environmental Action Team has launched its meals on wheels program, just in time for the holidays.

The local non-profit is set to deliver more than 500 meals in the next month, with 286 delivered since they started in November.

The first order will go to local seniors and was paid for by BC Seniors Housing.

“They’re short-staffed, so for two weeks, just to give their staff a break, they’re getting meals delivered,” said NEAT food security co-ordinator Pauline Bolen.

“I’m very proud to say we’ve had an amazing amount of community volunteers come forward and help out. I’m very grateful for that.”

Moving forward, meals will be created Monday through Friday, and delivered three times a week to 14 different client groups.

NEAT has a two-year contract to deliver the program in partnership with Northern Health.

The service is open to anyone, with fees taken for the meals.

“It’s very new for us, but it does fit quite nicely,” said NEAT Executive Director Karen Mason-Bennett. “There’s not really a financial component to meals on wheels, we’re basically providing a service.”

NEAT also started their holiday baking last Saturday, with thousands of cookies and other baked goods being made for Christmas hampers. Cookie mix in a jar is also being planned, so families can get in on the holiday baking themselves.

Anyone looking to help out in the kitchen or with deliveries can call NEAT at 250-787-1685.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca.