New Meal Providers in Deerfield Valley

JACKSONVILLE – Senior Solutions has entered into contractual agreements with The Dumaine House and East Creek Catering for the provision of Senior Community Meals and Meals on Wheels in the Deerfield Valley.

As of October 1, 2016, Terrie and David Dumaine will prepare and serve meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, at the Whitingham Municipal Center. Terrie Dumaine said, “Because we serve a dinner at the Lions Club, people kept coming up to us around town and saying ‘you guys should take it over.’ It’s important to us to serve our community and make sure this gathering for seniors continues.  The Rotary Club and Lions provided financial help to get us started, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

“Three years ago I took in my grandmother, who is 87 now,” said Dumaine. “She doesn’t like to get out of the house much, but I told her ‘I can’t do senior meals by myself, I need you to come and set the tables.’ Deerfield Valley Meals is a place where I can get her involved in the community. Anyone who wants to help, I will find something for them to do.”

Meals on Wheels will be prepared and brought to the Municipal Center by East Creek Catering, a long standing partner of Senior Solutions. They provide Meals on Wheels for several other senior meal sites in the region, and their willingness to expand into the Deerfield Valley is very much appreciated. The Dumaines will coordinate delivery of these meals to seniors who live in Jacksonville, Whitingham, Halifax, West Halifax, Marlboro, Readsboro, and Searsburg.

Meals on Wheels recipients will continue to receive the same number of home delivered meals per week as previously, delivered by volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteer drivers are very much needed, both regular and substitutes, especially for Wilmington and Dover routes.

Senior Solutions acknowledges the dedication and hard work of outgoing meal staff. Nancy Zschirnt (site coordinator) and Christine Smith (cook) both worked tirelessly at Deerfield Valley Senior Meals for many years to meet the increasing need for vital services such as Community Meals and Meals on Wheels.

Senior Solutions Executive Director, Carol Stamatakis, expressed appreciation for the Dumaines’ leadership and emphasized what a difference these meals make for the recipients’ nutritional well-being, social needs, and ability to remain in their homes and communities. “Our agency has for many years faced the challenge of meeting the needs of a growing population of older adults, as well as increased cost of food and other expenses,” said Stamatakis, “while federal and state funding has remained stagnant at best.  Thus, the support of local communities and the many volunteers who donate their time is absolutely essential.”

Residents with questions or concerns may contact Anila Hood, Nutrition Director, at 802-885-2655, or ahood@seniorsolutionsvt.org

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