SUMMIT, NJ – If you ask the recipients of their efforts, they are likely to say that Summit Mayor Nora Radest, a Democrat, and New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean Jr., a Republican, along with their SAGE Eldercare volunteers -- Board of Trustees member Chris Glacken along with William and Karen Ayers, respectively -- truly deliver.
No, that is not a bipartisan political commentary, but rather reflective of the fact that the two elected leaders both took part in SAGE's 16th Annual 'March for Meals' program, which is a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable senior clients who rely on its vital safety net.
Radest and Glacken even braved the latest "Nor’easter" to get the job done.
SAGE’s Meals on Wheels is the oldest continuously run program in New Jersey. The program provides more than 46,000 meals to about 225 people in Union County (Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, Springfield, and Summit), Essex County (Millburn and Short Hills), and Morris County (Chatham and Madison).
Fifty-five percent of Meals on Wheels recipients live alone.
“The services that we provide the seniors in our area are critical; it’s not just a warm meal, but also a friendly visit, sometimes the only human contact a senior gets the whole day,” said Marianne Kranz, SAGE Director of Meals on Wheels and Home Support Services. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”
For more information about the Meals on Wheels program at SAGE, or to suggest someone who could benefit from the service, please contact Marianne Kranz via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-273-5554.