HAMILTON, NJ -- Since the mid 1970s the Blair family, founders of Nottingham Insurance Agency, has been deeply involved in Mobile Meals of Hamilton.
Mobile Meals of Hamilton, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving hot nutritious home-delivered meals to qualified individuals who are homebound, chronically ill or handicapped. The average cost of these meals is $6 per day. The funding for these meals solely comes from private donations with zero government assistance.
To continue to help provide these meals, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance recently awarded Nottingham Insurance Agency with the 2020 Make More Happen Award recognizing their volunteer work and demonstrating its commitment to improving the local community. The award includes a $10,000 donation that will directly benefit Mobile Meals.
Meals are prepared at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas in Hamilton, picked up by volunteers, and delivered to the clients home.
“Without Mobile Meals of Hamilton there would be many elderly residents in our community who would not receive a warm meal each day. For some, the volunteer is their only visitor on a day-to-day basis. How could you not want to be involved!” said Gregory Blair, who has served on the board of Mobile Meals of Hamilton for 10 years.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mobile Meals has seen no change in the client base. With some elderly volunteers currently observing strict stay-at-home guidelines and unable to help, Mobile Meals turned to the Rotary Club of Hamilton and Robbinsville and others who are stepping up and helping to deliver these meals.
"On a normal basis, our volunteers can be the only human contact that they have. But, that temporarily has to stop. So we are dropping meals at the door for the safety of clients and volunteers," said Blair. Instead of delivering meals daily, they are temporarily delivering five days of meals every two days to limit potential exposure to the spread of the coronavirus.
Mobile Meals of Hamilton does not turn anyone away that needs a meal. They subsidize approximately $32,000 for meal costs that clients are unable to pay on an annual basis. The $10,000 would be used in a restricted fund to offset this expense.
“Our agents truly carry the ball when it comes to stepping up and volunteering for important causes in their local communities so we are pleased to support their game-changing dedication to the nonprofit organizations they support,” said Alison Patkochis, Liberty Mutual Insurance Central NJ Region Territory Manager. “The Make More Happen program gives our agents an opportunity to make an even greater impact in areas like Hamilton Square and we hope it inspires local residents to get out and support local charities.”
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