July 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM
WESTFIELD, NJ — Mobile Meals of Westfield served its one millionth meal Tuesday to Helen and Edward Petz of Westfield. The non-profit community service organization has been delivering nutritious meals to elderly and homebound residents of Westfield, Cranford, Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Clark, Garwood and Mountainside since 1968.
“I think it’s an amazing accomplishment for this organization,” said Director of Operations Josephine Walsh, who first began volunteering with Mobile Meals in 2001.
For a minimal fee, the organization serves those unable to shop and prepare their own meals either on a temporary or permanent basis because of age, illness or disability. There is no financial need requirement. Currently, they serve about 75 clients, delivering between 50 and 65 meals each day.
For many clients, Mobile Meals is about more than nourishing food—it’s also about human contact.
“A lot of these clients don’t often have a chance to see visitors,” Walsh explained. “It’s a great feeling, being able to help these people.”
Volunteers pack and deliver meals Monday through Friday. If you are interested in receiving services, volunteering or donating a tax-deductible contribution, call 908-233-6146.