East Brunswick Senior Center seeks volunteers for senior meals program

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EAST BRUNSWICK – The East Brunswick Department on Aging seeks volunteers for its senior meals program.

The East Brunswick Senior Meals Program delivers meals once a day to seniors age 60 and older who are homebound, according to Judi Mihalko-Ryan, coordinator for the East Brunswick Department on Aging’s Social Services. Currently, about 25-30 seniors are enrolled.

Ryan said the program was established in 1985 by a dedicated group of women under the direction of then-manager of the Office on Aging, Cynthia Schaechter.

“The program was created to meet the nutritional needs of the homebound in East Brunswick when the Central Middlesex Meals on Wheels Program was having difficulty keeping up with the demands of the community,” she said.

The East Brunswick Senior Meal Program works in conjunction with the Middlesex County Senior Meals Program. The meals are packaged at a county site and delivered to the East Brunswick Senior Center by a staff member of the Department on Aging, Ryan said.

To become a volunteer, applicants must come to the East Brunswick Department on Aging and fill out an application. An interview will follow, along with a reference check. Once those steps have been completed, the volunteer will be paired up with another volunteer to be shadowed until he or she is comfortable on their own, according to Ryan.

“We can always use more volunteers. As with any organization, the volunteers may get sick, or go on vacation, so it is good to have substitutes for the program,” Ryan said.

“Volunteering is rewarding in any capacity. You will be making a difference in the lives of our most senior residents just by delivering a meal and a smile.”

For more information, visit www.eastbrunswick.org/content/202/251/default.aspx or call 732-390-6896.

Contact Vashti Harris at [email protected].