Editorial: Meals on Wheels supports community

On a daily basis, four drivers for TEAM, Inc., take to the streets in the area to deliver meals to those who are in need of a little extra help.

Valley residents with a family member, neighbor, or friend who is homebound or recuperating at home after surgery can refer them to TEAM Inc.’s Meals on Wheels Program.

“The daily delivery not only provides a nutritious meal but also provides a health and wellness visit to the seniors who may be living alone,” said Suzanne Reilly, TEAM’s Director of Family Support Services.

The Meals on Wheels program is available throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford. Hot meals are delivered Monday through Friday and special diets can be accommodated with a doctor’s order.

It’s not tuna fish between two slabs of bread. Care is made to the meals. During August, the lunch menu is varied with herbed baked chicken, eggplant rolatini, roast beef, tilapia with lemon and dill sauce and more.

The majority of Meals on Wheels recipients are 70 or older and are low income, but there is no income eligibility requirement and the age requirement is 60.

If an individual is able to pay, a $3 donation per meal is suggested. If a person is younger than 60, a $5 donation is suggested.

Also available for seniors in the area is the Senior Community Cafés. These provide a daily low cost/nutritional lunch at local senior centers in Derby, Ansonia Seymour, Oxford and a special program offered in the dining room of Griffin Hospital in Derby. The café selections during August include: parmesan scrod, chicken stir fry, roast pork and more.

Meals on Wheels funding is provided in part, by grants from the Agency on Aging, Hewitt Foundation, Katharine Matthies Foundation and Valley United Way.

The Hewitt Foundation just made a $65,000 donation to the organization. Thanks to this, Team can continue serving meals, and help with homecare assistance.

For additional information about home delivered or café meals, go to TEAMinc.org or contact Ron Boucher, nutrition coordinator, at 203-736-5420 ext. 227.