NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels Program celebrating its 50th anniversary. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation commending the program at the Monday, Oct. 10 council meeting.
The Meals on Wheels Program has provided meals to older residents in Essex, Union and Morris Counties since 1966. Currently the program delivers meals Monday through Friday to residents in Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison, Millburn, Mountainside, New Providence, Short Hills, South Orange, Springfield, and Summit. Today 35 senior citizens in New Providence receive the service.
SAGE is one of approximately 5,000 similar programs in the United States and the oldest continuously run program in New Jersey. “The core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our neighbors every weekday. SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels program currently serves about 44,000 meals to nearly 250 clients annually via 15 routes in ten communities,” the proclamation read. “The organization’s professional and highly trained staff provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help older adults lead the most independent and active lives possible,” Morgan said.
SAGE relies on its approximately 600 volunteers to deliver the meals which are designed by a registered nutritionist. The program is able to deliver special meals for those individuals with restricted diets. However, the equally important component of the program is the companionship and “a warm smile” provided by the volunteers, Angela Sullivan, the Executive Director of SAGE, emphasized.
Residents age 60 and older, who are frail, homebound or disabled are eligible to receive the Meals on Wheels services. There are no restrictions on the income level.
Morgan further expressed his appreciation to the program as it delivers “the service that the borough cannot provide."