Martha’s Vineyard selectmen deliver Meals on Wheels

Martha’s Vineyard selectmen deliver Meals on Wheels

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Participants in the "March for Meals" event included, from left, front row, Oak Bluffs selectman Kathleen Burton, Director of Martha’s Vineyard Elder Services Heidi Dietterich, Claire Daigle, Lori Pinckney, Edgartown selectman Margaret Serpa, and Edgartown selectman Arthur Smadbeck. In back, from left, are Mark Zeender, George Gamble, Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel, Chilmark selectman Frank Fenner, Stan Call, West Tisbury selectman Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter, and Holly Wayman. Other participants not pictured include Aquinnah town administrator Adam Wilson, Aquinnah selectman James Newman, West Tisbury selectman Richard Knable, and Ann Fielder. — Photo courtesy of Heidi Dietterich

A group of selectmen and town leaders helped volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels on March 21 as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about elder nutrition. The Meals on Wheels Association of America sponsored the “March for Meals” campaign this month in association with National Nutrition Month.

Selectmen and town representatives who took part included Aquinnah selectman James Newman, Aquinnah town administrator Adam Wilson, Chilmark selectman Frank Fenner, Edgartown selectmen Arthur Smadbeck and Margaret Serpa, Oak Bluffs selectman Kathleen Burton, Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel, West Tisbury selectmen Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter and Richard Knabel.

Volunteer drivers were Mark Zeender, George Gamble, Claire Daigle, Lori Pinckney, Ann Fielder, Stan Call, and Holly Wayman.

Meals on Wheels is a program run by Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. About 35 volunteers deliver more than 600 nutritionally balanced meals every week to 125 homebound seniors Island-wide. Last year the Martha’s Vineyard Meals on Wheels program delivered 21,586 meals to 126 seniors.

The program continues to grow and is adding a seventh route in April due to demand. Volunteer drivers are needed Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 1 pm and can pick whatever day fits their schedules. Individuals, teams of two or more, groups and businesses may adopt a route.

For more information or to volunteer, call Nutrition Program Coordinator and Care Manager Heidi Dietterich at 508-693-4393, ext. 11.