Every Tuesday morning for the last year, a small but dedicated group of volunteers has been meeting in the basement kitchen of the North Branford Congregational Church to prepare delicious hot, home-cooked meals for eligible North Branford residents who are temporarily home-bound. On an average, between 18 and 35 meals are prepared and delivered every week.
The program was launched last January by organizers Alice Lehr & Diane Farley, both members of UCC-North Branford Congregational Church and long-time volunteers at Branford’s Community Dining Room. They recognized a need in North Branford to service residents who have become home bound temporarily due to injury or illness.
NB Food Delivery Program received grant money from the North Branford Congregational Church, a generous donation of a new refrigerator by the North Branford Rotary Club, donations of resources and volunteers by the Northford and North Branford Women’s Clubs and the VNA Community Health Care to get the program started.
The Senior Center and the VNA Community Health will identify and assess those who need the service. Food deliveries are free to qualified residents, but donations are gratefully accepted. Protein is provided by the Community Dining Room in Branford and The Connecticut Food Bank. Other local businesses like Leoni’s and the Northford Store have generously donated food and staples.
The program is always looking for more volunteers and donations. For more information, please contact Alice Lehr at 203-488-7126, Diane Farley at 203-467-7470 or Carol Sabia at 203-488-5746.