PITTSFIELD -- Elder Services' Nutrition/Meals on Wheels program has received two grants totaling $12,000 from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF).
A grant for $8,000 was received from the William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund, to help provide meals to seniors in Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.
A second grant of $4,000 was given through BTCF's Central Berkshire Fund, to defray the costs of providing meals to seniors in Becket, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor.
Elder Services' Nutr-ition/Meals on Wheels program provides hot, nutritious noontime meals to more than 1,000 Berkshire seniors each weekday.
In 2012, Elder Services prepared and served more than a quarter-million meals. More than 200,000 were delivered as Meals on Wheels to the homes of frail elders who might not otherwise have had a hot meal or a friendly visit.
The remaining meals were served to seniors attending Elder Services' 14 group lunch sites, located throughout the county.
Elder Services' Meals on Wheels program provides noontime meals each weekday to frail, homebound seniors.
To receive Meals on Wheels, a senior must be 60 years or older and have at least one of the following: a recent hospital or nursing home discharge, a physical or cognitive impairment making it difficult to cook meals, or inadequate kitchen facilities.
In addition, a senior must be unable to attend a senior lunch site and have
Frozen microwaveable meals are available for those who need meals over the weekend. There are no income eligibility criteria.
The cost of preparing, serving, and delivering the meals to Berkshire seniors continues to grow. Elder Services' Nutrition program relies on community support to help keep Meals on Wheels rolling.
The grant from Berkshire Taconic Community Foun-dation will help ensure that Berkshire seniors who need home-delivered meals will continue to receive them. Information about Elder Services' Nutrition/Meals on Wheels program: 413-499-0524 or 1-800-544-5242.