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Island selectmen deliver Meals on Wheels to house-bound Islanders
As part of national "Mayors for Meals Day," Island selectmen took a turn yesterday helping to deliver Meals on Wheels (MOW) to home-bound seniors. The day's event was intended to raise awareness about senior nutrition during March "Meals-on-Wheels month." The slogan of the campaign is, "So no senior goes hungry."
On Martha's Vineyard, about 20 volunteers deliver more than 300 nutritionally balanced meals every week to about 70 clients all over the Island. In 2005, volunteer drivers delivered more than 17,000 meals, and an additional 9,000 meals were served in the Island's senior centers. Additional volunteers are always welcome.
Meals on Wheels is part of the nutrition program of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. The meals are planned to provide a minimum of one-third of the daily nutrients recommended for older adults. For most home-bound clients, the hot meal MOW delivers is usually the main meal of the day. Some clients also get frozen meals to heat up on weekend days and holidays, when there are no deliveries.
Island selectmen gather at the hospital to deliver Meals on Wheels: (clockwise from front center) volunteer driver Cherish Harris, Skipper Manter, Duncan Ross, Glenn Hearn, Frank Fenner, Tristan Israel, volunteer driver Tom Hiller, Riggs Parker, Warren Doty, and Roger Wey. Absent: Edgartown selectmen, who picked up their clients' meals at the Anchors. Photo by Ralph Stewart
There is no charge for MOW. Clients are asked for a donation of $2 per meal, but it is nobody's business whether they pay anything at all. Drivers are instructed not to report who pays and who doesn't.