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Help Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Save The Lunch

 

Locally in the state of Maine, which demographically has the
the highest median age in the country, Meals on Wheels demand remains high, and
at Eastern Area Agency on Aging, we've done our best to meet that
need in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock
counties.  In 2023 – we served 215,684 home-delivered meals to
community members in need.

 

In 2023 - we served 215,684
home-delivered meals

However due to the rising costs of food and the continued
threat at losing federal funding, for the first time since before the Pandemic,
we have had to institute a waitlist. That means that over 70 Mainers, and
counting, are not getting the nutrition they so desperately need.

That is why we’re calling on our community to help us Save the Lunch
for our friends, family, and neighbors by
donating today and helping us with critical funding to reduce
our waitlist and help feed those who need it the most.

I live in Westlake in Washington County, where I worked as a CNA for 20 years before retiring at 61. I have been married now for 30 years and I currently live alone because my husband is in long-term care.

Before my husband went into the nursing home, we were getting nutrition assistance and had over $400 budgeted for food, however, once the pandemic ended and they stopped the assistance, it went down to $100, and now most recently, $80 per month for groceries. 

In August, I broke my hip and I couldn’t go grocery shopping, so between being homebound and my income, my daughter enrolled me in the Meals on Wheels program with Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and it was such a relief. Just to have food in the house, and be able to eat a meal that has meat is a gift. Most of the time, what I eat, I get from Meals on Wheels. 

The interaction I get with my MOW drive is amazing. I've never been alone in my life. I used to sit and watch TV, just to keep my mind occupied. But I had to disconnect that because it was too expensive, and the silence was so loud. Having that delivery to look forward to, and having another human to talk to and interact with was so nice.

I appreciate Eastern Area Agency on Aging because they have helped me so much in other ways besides Meals on Wheels. I now have the info of community organizations if I need anything. It’s so much more than just Meals on Wheels. Before I learned about the agency, I wouldn't have been able to survive.

Now, I don't have any stress anymore. I know I can get the help. that I need.

Marie Seavey

Washington County

I’m over 96 years old, and I've lived in Vanceboro all my life except for two hitches in the Navy. I’ve worked a lot of different jobs, but my family now owns the grocery store that I first worked at in 1952. My wife died two years ago but we were married for 71 years and I don’t know how she put up with me all those years.

I’ve been on Meals on Wheels for a couple of years, and it’s a big help. I don’t drive much now and if my sons aren’t around to get me the groceries I need, these make a big difference.

I don’t have a lot of extra money to buy food. I have all I need but the meals puts money back in my pocket. Having a little extra room each month, and knowing that I have meals taken care of is a really big help.

The volunteer that delivers is a really nice fella, he always checks on me and helps me put food away when my sons aren’t able to come over. I don’t walk real well, so having someone come in that can help put away the meals, and if I have anything else that can be done quickly around the house, they offer to do it.

This program is a big help for people. The people who deliver as well as the agency take good care of me. I am always asked how I’m doing, and what I need help with and am taken good care of. I am really happy with Meals on Wheels and Eastern Area Agency on Aging.  

the knee and that sounds great. I you know what? I'll have to take you up on that. Hollis, thank you so much for that offer. Yeah, okay. All right. Have a great day.

Hollis Beers

Washington County