SUMMIT, NJ - As they are across the nation during the month of March, local officials -- including Berkeley Heights Police Chief John DiPasquale -- are taking part in the 'Meals on Wheels America' campaign, raising awareness for isolation and poor nutrition among older Americans.
Joining DiPasquale are three other area Police Chiefs and one Lieutenant, who all gathered together at SAGE Eldercare on Wednesday, March 13, to deliver meals to residents in their respective towns.
“We are so grateful for the support of our local police,” said Marianne Kranz, Director of Meals on Wheels for SAGE. “The relationship and communication between local police departments and a community-based organization such as SAGE is critical so that older residents are looked after and protected. Meals on Wheels is much more than the food – it is also a welfare check. The local officials visit these older residents, listening to their concerns and getting to know their circumstances.”
In addition to local law enforcement officials, SAGE has enlisted the involvement of elected officials, EMTs, and community groups. “It is vital for these decision-makers within the communities we serve to have an understanding of the homebound residents in their towns – often times, our volunteers are the only people checking in on them,” added Kranz.
Additional information on the 'Meals on Wheels' program, including how to become a volunteer for SAGE Eldercare, contact Marianne Kranz at 908-598-5514.
For the past 60 years, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves an amazing place to age. The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible. From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes. SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties. For more information, please call 908-273-5550 or visit sageeldercare.org.