Tesei helps raise awareness at Mayors for Meals Day

This past March, First Selectman Peter Tesei helped raise awareness of senior nutrition by participating in Mayors for Meals Day, a day when Meals-on-Wheels programs across the country joined together with some 1500 mayors and equivalently elected officials to draw attention to the issue.

Mr. Tesei, accompanied by Bob Phillips, president of Meals-on-Wheels of Greenwich, delivered meals on the organization’s Route 3 which covers a significant portion of central Greenwich. Mr. Tesei said he was gratified to see recipients in good spirits and happy with the regular meal service they are receiving and praised Greenwich Meals-on-Wheels as “a vital service to seniors in the community.”

Currently, approximately 100 Greenwich residents, the vast majority of whom are seniors, subscribe to Meals-on-Wheels for at least a portion of each week.

Meals-on-Wheels of Greenwich, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Greenwich community, prides itself on providing nutritious, home cooked meals at an affordable price. Lynne Stewart, the organization’s director of operations, ensures that meals are delivered generally between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to each client’s door by volunteer drivers who cover eight separate routes throughout the town from Byram and Glenville through Central Greenwich, out to the back country and over to Old Greenwich and Riverside.

Normal service includes one hot and one cold meal each weekday for as long as required. In addition, weekend meals are also available and are delivered with the Friday service. A variety of dietary requirements such as diabetic, low-sodium, as well as allergies, can be accommodated. The charge for the two meal per day service is $7 and it is billed at the end of each month.

Meals are prepared by Creative Culinary Service, a Fairfield County catering company specializing in providing meals to seniors and delivered each weekday to the Meals-on-Wheels building located at 89 Maple Avenue. Creative Culinary services approximately thirteen county senior organizations, in addition to Meals-on-Wheels, including Hill House, Greenwich Adult Day Care and Parsonage Cottage in Greenwich. Daily deliveries include an entrée, vegetable, starch, side salad, sandwich (for lunch), two desserts and two beverages (milk and/or juice).

National Mayors for Meals day is coordinated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America based in Alexandria, Va. in which Meals-on-Wheels of Greenwich is represented by two of its directors, Ellen Kliavkoff and Katrina Bischoff.

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