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Millbury Savings Bank recently donated $3,000 to cover transportation costs for the local Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers more than 18,000 meals a year to homebound seniors. This is the 12th consecutive year that Millbury Savings has been the program’s primary private contributor, bringing the bank’s total contribution to approximately $32,000.
“Meals on Wheels is critical to ensuring that our local, homebound residents get a nutritious, prepared meal each day,” said Robert J. Morton, Millbury Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer. “We are happy to provide support for this important program and its volunteers.”
Meals on Wheels is a federally sponsored program, administered locally by the Council on Aging, that delivers hot meals to homebound individuals age 60 and older. In Millbury, a pool of volunteer drivers works five days a week, year-round, to deliver up to 80 meals per day. While federal funding covers the cost of the food, transportation subsidies must be raised locally.
“Many times, our volunteer driver is the only person a senior sees during the day, so delivering the meal lets us check on their well-being, too” said Council on Aging Director Judith O’Connor. “We’re thankful that, with continued support from Millbury Savings, these services will carry on.”
In the Photo
Millbury Savings Bank President and CEO Rob Morton (at back) with the team of volunteers who prepare and deliver the Meals on Wheels program meals.