- Written by Carol Foote, Development Director
- Published: 02 April 2019
On any given day, about 11 staff people can be found in LifePath’s bustling Meals on Wheels kitchen, located in Erving. They are a lively bunch invested in each other, the people they serve, and the service itself.
They have mastered the art of weaving in and out of each task that needs doing, including stepping in to cover delivery routes. Their expertise doesn’t come unfounded, however. Kitchen supervisor Charlie Cornish alone has 38 years of experience in the food service industry, while others can count 20+ and into the high teens. Of the more than 150 years of food service experience among them, many of those hours have been in Meals on Wheels and congregate meal site kitchens locally. Added to the sheer numbers, Charlie points out, “You won’t find a more reliable staff anywhere.”
“It’s like a second family,” says staffer Bryanna Nadeau, who also works at a local restaurant.
“We put a lot of love into the meals we make,” admits Laura Monette, assistant manager. She loves the opportunity to make deliveries in addition to the kitchen work because “the best part is when you see the smile on their face when you deliver.” What they feel about each other and those they serve are what make them an incredible team.
Before starting with the kitchen a number of months ago, Danielle Boyd already had a long history of Meals on Wheels in her life. When her grandmother began receiving meals some time ago, she and her family realized the importance of the program. That inspired them to give back. While they began with donations of their own, their support grew through participation in LifePath’s Meals on Wheels annual walkathon as the team The Food Brood. It is now more than 30 people strong and raised more than $2,700 last year.
“We put a lot of love into the meals we make,” admits Laura Monette, assistant manager.
The kitchen staff and volunteer drivers have a team of their own called The Rethermalytes. It’s another way that staff and drivers bond together to ensure local elders receive balanced nutrition and a friendly wellness check.