SUMMIT, NJ – As #GivingTuesday approaches, SAGE Eldercare is asking the community to assist the Summit-based organization's efforts to provide older adults with healthy produce.
On December 3 -- the 2019 date for #GivingTuesday -- SAGE s focusing on providing its Meals on Wheels clients with much-needed healthy produce through a new program entitle 'Giving Salad Day'.
An individual donation of $100 will allow SAGE to provide each Meals on Wheels (MOW) meal recipient in the program with one salad. Individual 'Giving Salad Day' donors will be recognized publicly to SAGE clients and the SAGE community.
“These people are not able to shop for themselves anymore,” said Meals on Wheels Director, Marianne Kranz. “To see the look on a client’s face when they are given something so fresh is priceless.”
SAGE’s Meals on Wheels delivers meals to older, home-bound adults, ensuring they will not go hungry and have vital daily contact by caring volunteers. Last year Meals on Wheels served 47,000 meals to more than 230 clients in our community. While the meals are nutritious, budget constraints do not allow for inclusion of fresh produce options including healthy salads.
Meals on Wheels is an ongoing program that was established in 1966 and today is the oldest continuously run home delivered meals program in the state. It provides older adults with either one (hot) or two (hot and cold) meals delivered to their homes five days per week, year-round. The program also provides additional and weekend food for those who do not have any other source of nutrition other than MOW. The meals are prepared off-premises and delivered to SAGE’s kitchen for separation, assignment and packaging.