Due to budget cuts and a greater number of elders needing meal assistance, the non-profit Old Colony Elder Services has come up with a unique way to raise money for the Nutrition Program, which
runs the Meals on Wheels and congregate meal sites. OCES will hold a “Cooking for a Cause” family-friendly event on June 26th from 11 AM-4 PM at the Middleboro Council on Aging, 558 Plymouth St., Middleboro.
Attendees will be able to sample tasty cuisine from area restaurants including: Burrito Wraps of Brockton, RooBar in Plymouth, Veronica’s Treats of Middleboro, Mike’s House of Pizza in Hanson, Lindley Food Service of Connecticut (the caterer for Meals on Wheels), Stop & Shop, Hideaway Restaurant in Middleboro and the Middleboro Council on Aging. There will be entertainment by the Baha Brothers and face painting for the kids. Raffles will also be held. Prizes include: signed sports memorabilia; museum and zoo passes; amusement and water park passes; vineyard tours; transportation packages to Cape Cod islands; restaurant gift certificates; whale watch tickets, Boston sightseeing tour tickets; artwork, a large dollhouse designed by a local crafter, home decor and many other items.
Tickets to the event are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $7 for 10 & Under. For tickets, call OCES (508) 584-1561. Tickets will also be available at the door.
“Because of increasing costs and budget cuts, OCES cannot keep up with the demand of the growing senior population and increasing needs without other funding sources. The competition for grants is tough and we needed to find a way to raise the additional funds necessary to keep the Nutrition Program running. To serve the growing number of seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels and the congregate meal sites, it is imperative that we have an initiative in place so no senior goes hungry,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
Sponsors include Anodyne Medical Services of Quincy, Home Instead of Bridgewater and Bayada Nurses of Plymouth.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services; Home Care and more. OCES offers these programs in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman. The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 140 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.