Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, put the focus on OCES’ Nutrition Program at “March for Meals” events held in East Bridgewater and Lakeville, MA.
March for Meals is part of Meals On Wheels America’s national campaign held in March.
Meals on Wheels and Grab & Go Meals are part of OCES’ Nutrition Program. OCES teamed up with local elected officials and Council on Aging (COA) Directors during March and April for special Drive-Thru events increase awareness of the essential Nutrition Program.
On March 30, 2021, Senator Walter Timilty, Senator Michael Brady, and Representative Alyson Sullivan joined East Bridgewater COA Director Nancy Hill and OCES’ Nutrition Program team to distribute nutritious meals at a Grab & Go Drive-Thru event held at East Bridgewater Council on Aging. Simultaneously at the Lakeville COA, Representative Orrall joined the OCES and COA teams to also give meals to the older adults within this community.
On April 13, 2021, Senator Michael Rodrigues and Town Selectman Lia Fabian joined COA Director Kelly Howley and OCES in a March for Meals campaign that offered Grab & Go Meals in a Drive-Thru event at the Lakeville Council on Aging.
All the events were well-attended and provided nutritious meals to 134 older adults in Lakeville and East Bridgewater communities.
All Nutrition meals are planned by a nutritionist. OCES has more than 400 volunteers in their Nutrition Program delivering over 1,900 nutritious meals a day to homebound recipients living within the communities in greater Plymouth County.
“Our Drive-Thru events were a wonderful opportunity for older adults in our communities to see elected officials, COA Directors and the OCES team as we support the vital Nutrition Program,” said Nicole M. Long, CEO of OCES. “The Nutrition Program is essential to many older adults who are homebound, unable to prepare meals or manage their grocery shopping.”
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many new challenges, but OCES continues to adapt and safely serve the needs of their consumers and the communities that they serve. All of OCES’ programs, from Nutritionand Home Care to Protective Services, remain in place and are operating.
To learn more about Meals on Wheels America, visit https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.