Friday marked the 47th anniversary of the Meals on Wheels program.
In western Massachusetts, Greater Springfield senior services deliver meals to seniors and the disabled. Senior services also provide lunches three times a week at the Clodo Concepcion Community Center in Springfield’s sixteen acres neighborhood.
It’s where the state’s acting senior affairs secretary Robin Lipson served lunch and talked with senior citizens.
“What strikes me about this here today, it’s about people having a community, a place to go, a place to connect, so it’s really a wonderful avenue,” Lipson told 22News.
Mayor Domenic Sarno read a proclamation for Springfield’s march for meals day, saluting the meals for wheels program. Ninety-two-year-old retired deputy Springfield Fire Chief Patrick Keough underscored the importance of this program.
“There’s a lot of people that are going hungry, so Meals on Wheels and the senior lunches are wonderful, they’re wonderful,” Keough said.
Each day the Springfield based Meals on Wheels delivers food to thousands of homebound seniors in nearly a dozen Pioneer Valley communities.