Our first stop of the day was a tour with Richard Krause, the manager/chef at C.W. Resources kitchen, a non-profit that prepares and packages more than 1,000 meals a day that are delivered by Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.
In addition to preparing and packaging daily meals, the facility also prepares and stores "shelf-stable" food for situations where food cannot be refrigerated or heated, such as during a power outage.
In addition to preparing nutritious meals, C.W. Resources has also become a welcoming employer for people living with disabilities, refugees and other residents in the Springfield area.
The kitchen is well equipped and was very busy when we visited around 9 a.m., just as many drivers were arriving to pick-up their meals to deliver.
The pride and passion that the staff have for their work supporting the needs of older residents was evident in every person we met.
"It truly was a pleasure meeting Richard and his coworkers, to see firsthand the incredible operation they run to ensure that older residents have the healthy, nutritious, food they need to remain in the community." -- Robin Lipson
Next step in the process is for delivery drivers to take the prepared, packaged, meals and load them into coolers to deliver to each person on their assigned route.
On the day we visited Springfield, Robin was honored to ride along with Nancy Piquette for a portion of her route. Nancy has been delivering meals for GSSSI since 2011 and, depending on the day, can make between 35 and 50 visits.
She brought sunshine on a rainy day...
"The connection that Nancy Piquette has with each person she delivers food to is amazing. She has become more than someone just delivering a meal, she's become a friend. She knows about their health, their family and even their pets. For some people, she's the only person they will interact with that day and each person is treated with kindness and dignity. She is an example of the enormous value of the senior nutrition and Meals on Wheels Programs that goes well beyond food." -- Robin Lipson
Scenes From Springfield Senior Services March For Meals Celebration
GSSSI and the City of Springfield organized a wonderful meal and celebration for the Meals on Wheels program, as well as their longstanding partnership in serving the needs of older adults in the city. A team from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs was pleased to join Mayor Domenic Sarno, Peter Schmidt, GSSSI's Board President, Sandy Federico, Springfield's Director of Elder Services, and many others as we celebrated 47 years of progress in senior nutrition.