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Letter: Nonprofit Serves Meals to Manchester's Elderly

Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola's letter to the editor

Another year has passed and I am delighted to report to our residents regarding the past year’s services to residents by the Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County, a private nonprofit agency that provides “Meals on Wheels,” “Congregate Meals” and “Social Support Services” to the senior residents of Manchester and the County.

CSI operates the senior nutrition programs located in the Ridgeway Fire Station on Route 571, and in the Community Reformed Church on Lacey Road. Five days each week, CSI provides hot nutritious meals in a congenial setting and delivers Meals on Wheels to the frail homebound elderly of .

In 2011, 31,753 hot nutritious lunches consisting of an entrée, vegetable, starch, bread, juice, milk, fruit and dessert were served to 329 Manchester residents participating in our Meals on Wheels, Weekend and Holiday Meals on Wheels and Congregate Nutrition programs. The total cost of nutrition services provided to the residents of Manchester Township during the year 2011 was $367,452.

For many years Manchester Township and CSI have been partners together in the vital work of providing nutrition and support services that enable our seniors to remain living as independently as possible in their own homes. The support services Manchester Township continues to provide, such as: Meals on Wheels eligibility assessments, maintenance services at the Ridgeway site and our financial contribution each year of one-half the annual rent and maintenance costs of the Whiting site.

These services are provided under the leadership of James G. Sigurdson, Executive Director of the program and his outstanding staff and dedicated volunteers.

James has recently written to me to state, “Mayor Fressola, I consider it a privilege to be a partner with you and Manchester Township in the vital work of feeding and caring for the elderly of our community. Feel free to visit our sites to meet and to talk with our program participants and staff.”

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