Torrington Delivers: 40 Years Of Meals On Wheels
Most people will be aware of Meals on Wheels and the good work they do. For those who don’t know, “Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.” That important work has been happening in Northwestern Connecticut for over 40 years in Torrington, which is unique amongst Meals on Wheels providers.
The city of Torrington provides an invaluable resource in the Sullivan Senior Center for elderly citizens in need of services. From their informational website, it says: “The mission of the Edward E. Sullivan Senior Center is to provide an environment to enhance and enrich the lives of older adults by offering recreational activities, nutrition services, educational and wellness programs and social services to meet the diverse needs of all people.
“Health programs are coordinated with local agencies to include full physicals, health and wellness screenings, foot care clinics, in-home assessments, nutrition counseling and flu and pneumonia immunizations. Educational classes and seminars are scheduled to keep people up to date on the latest information affecting their well-being and to teach foreign language and develop computer skills. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and contribute to the overall socialization within the center and community.”
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The Meals on Wheels program is unique in that Torrington funds the program as a municipality through nearly $1.5 million in state and federal grants. Quoted in a Register Citizen of Torrington piece, director Joel Sekorski says nearly 400 people receive upwards of 700 meals every day. In addition to getting citizens unable to cook for themselves the proper nutrition, the program is a check on the vulnerable among us, making sure they are in good health and able to live alone.
On the Torrington website, they provide testimonials from those who have taken advantage of this service, which is naturally glowing. Ross and Drusilla, for instance, said, "We are grateful for the healthy hot meals your organization provided after Drusilla had an unexpected hospitalization. She was able to rest instead of planning meals, shopping, preparing food and cleaning up. Just knowing we were going to get two healthy, satisfying meals a piece each day helped keep us from feeling overwhelmed which also helped in her recovery. It was a treat to meet your drivers when they delivered the meals as they unfailingly had a friendly smile and something cheerful to say."
The program, which has been running since nearly the beginning of the Meals on Wheels foundation (which was founded in 1974), is a necessary lifeline for Senior Citizens. The program is available to all homebound seniors regardless of income. They must be sixty years of age or older with a doctor’s recommendation, and their spouses and disabled dependents are also eligible. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 a day for two meals.