A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

HESSCO Emergency and Holiday Meals

Sharon, Massachusetts

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Your gift will help to ensure that ample "back up," shelf stable meals are available to seniors in the event of an emergency, and that our neediest seniors receive a visit and a nicely prepared meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Description of project

HESSCO has approximately 500 seniors over age 60 who receive Meals on Wheels through our nutrition program. For many of these seniors, HESSCO is the primary source of their nutrition on each day they receive the meal. When there is a weather emergency, the program sometimes cannot deliver meals. Throughout the year, HESSCO purchases shelf-stable emergency meals and delivers them to Meals on Wheels consumers. If HESSCO cannot deliver the hot noon meal due to weather, the seniors can consume their emergency meal. HESSCO also provides local police and fire departments with a supply of emergency meals. In 2018 winter season, HESSCO provided 2000 emergency meals. HESSCO will always work to ensure no senior is hungry. The expense of the emergency meals is not funded through any federal or state program and thus, HESSCO incurs the full cost because of our commitment to serve the nutrition needs of seniors.

On Thanksgiving and Christmas, HESSCO staff, Town of Walpole School Department staff, and other community groups volunteer their time to deliver a hot meal to any senior in our community who is alone for the holiday. These holiday meals provide the opportunity for an isolated senior to have a friendly visit with a volunteer and receive a hot, holiday meal. In 2018, HESSCO delivered over 150 meals on Thanksgiving and another 165 on Christmas. The meal is free to any senior and HESSCO incurs the cost of the food. The seniors who receive this meal express their gratitude through tears, hugs, smiles and holiday well-wishes. In 2018 one senior sent HESSCO a poem to express her thanks.

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