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Home delivery: Mason County Senior Meals provides ‘delicious’ help

March 21, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Senior Meals has been helping homebound seniors get the nutrition and friendly service they need for more than 30 years, and on Wednesday morning, community leaders got to see it work first-hand.

Five days a week, this Meals on Wheels program delivers balanced, nutritious hot lunches to the homes of about 150 residents in Mason County. Also available are frozen meals for the weekend, bagged breakfasts and dinners and emergency dry and canned foods.

The program serves residents age 60 or older and their spouses who are homebound — they can’t drive or don’t get out of the house much — and have difficulty cooking and preparing their own food.

By delivering meals to seniors in their homes, the program helps them to stay independent and not have to live in a nursing facility, said Mary Ann Nielsen, director of Mason County Senior Meals.

“We’re servicing our community,” Nielsen said. “We serve the weakest of the county ... The bottom line is they want to stay home ... That’s our purpose is to keep them in their homes as long as we can.”

The meals are delivered by drivers on four routes, servicing seniors throughout Mason County. Combined, the drivers travel about 225 miles per day visiting each of the homes.

All of the meals are prepared by the Food Service Department at Mason County Central Schools (MCC) in the middle school cafeteria. A devoted team prepares and delivers the senior meals, led by Nielsen, who is also the food service director, and program assessor Mary Alway. Nielsen has been involved in the Senior Meals program for 29 years and has been the director since 2006.

“I don’t do it by myself,” Nielsen said. “I have an excellent staff that are very dedicated.”

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