For more than 2 decades, Midland Adult Services (MAS) has collaborated with Meals on Wheels (MOW) to provide daily nutritious meals to seniors in Somerset County. Providing this essential service allows Midland to train young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for employment and for life. Perhaps even more meaningful than the meal delivery and job training, is the companionship, human interaction, and long-term relationships that MOW fosters.
“I hope to stay in my own home without being a burden on my family,” says Angie, a 91 year-old Meals on Wheels recipient. “Your (Midland’s) meals are very good and very nutritious. The young adults who deliver my meals are most kind and helpful to see that I am OK. They are friendly, courteous, and dedicated. For this, I wish to express my sincere appreciation. Thank you for taking care of me.”
Angie is one of 24 local residents that benefits from daily meals delivered to her door by Midland workers. Thanks to MOW, seniors like Angie can maintain their independence, stay healthy, and enjoy visits from friends who truly care.
This past fall, The Office on Aging & Disability Services and the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Midland’s 20 year commitment to the community through Meals on Wheels. “As the baby-boomer generation ages, the need for the MOW service will continue to grow,” says Midland’s Employment Director, Jane Wilkie. “It is our hope that this program continues for another 20 years and beyond for its value to those in need and the entire community.”