For many years, hundreds of senior citizen residents of Dutchess County who live in their own homes but are unable to cook, shop, or prepare meals have benefitted from the Office for the Aging’s Home Delivered Meals (HDM) program. This initiative has made hot, nutritious midday meals available for most locations in the county Monday through Friday, along with frozen and shelf-stable meals for cases when inclement weather prevents delivery of hot meals.
Volunteers are currently needed immediately, to drive for the HDM program in Pawling and southeastern Dutchess County. Whether you’re available one weekday or five, we can accommodate your schedule. To learn more about HDM volunteering, contact the Office for the Aging by telephone at (845) 486-2555, or by email at OFA@DutchessNY.gov.
Office for the Aging director Todd Tancredi says that on any given weekday, a team of Office for the Aging staff and volunteers prepares and delivers hot midday meals to about 330 homebound seniors, along with frozen and shelf-stable meals as needed.
“The Home Delivered Meals program serves two key purposes,” says Tancredi. “Not only do we help ensure that seniors are getting a nutritious meal, the delivery also serves as a daily wellness check for the seniors. If our drivers notice that a senior isn’t available to receive their meal, and there’s no explanation, they’re trained to take appropriate action depending on the situation.”
There is an OFA Senior Friendship Center in Pawling at 154 Charles Colman Blvd., which operates Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., along with seven other Friendship Centers countywide.
For seniors who want to learn more about qualifying for Home Delivered Meals, as well as the Senior Friendship Centers and other services available to aging residents of Dutchess County, call (845) 486-2555 (866-486-2555 outside the 845 area code), go to DutchessNY.gov/Aging, or email: OFA@DutchessNY.gov.
Content provided by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging.