Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Celebrating Let's Eat!

For immediate release

From Volunteers of America, Northern New England, 14 Maine St #301 Brunswick, ME 04011

For more information, contact Bill Browning 373-1140 or William.Browning@voanne.org

Let's Eat! Community leaders celebrate Food Security

Volunteers of America welcomes partners helping seniors

Friday, March 31, 12:00 noon, at Paul Hazelton House, 7 Smith Lane, in Saco

On Friday, March 31, starting at 12:00, at Paul Hazelton House (an affordable senior housing program of Volunteers of America), 7 Smith Lane, in Saco, we will celebrate nine years of "Let's Eat," a Food Security for Seniors program that provides meals and grocery distribution to all 66 residents of Paul Hazelton House.

Our distinguished guests will be:

June Koegel, President/CEO of Volunteers of America Northern New England;

Bradford Paige, President of Kennebunk Savings Bank;

and Barb Wentworth, Executive Director of United Way of York County.

And residents of Paul Hazelton House.

We will also welcome volunteers from two faith communities that have been lending a hand to our monthly meals for years: Next Level Church of Saco, and First Parish Church of Christ in Saco. They take turns providing a monthly Saturday breakfast for all residents.

The agenda will be:

12:00 - June Koegel welcomes all and make comments.

12:10 - Brad Paige (Kennebunk Savings Bank has supported "Let's Eat," for three years).

12:15 - Barb Wentworth (United Way of York County helped develop the idea and has supported this nutritional and socialization outreach since 2009).

The speakers will be followed by a free meal for all. Lucille Dudley, resident of Paul Hazelton House II, will prepare her famous New England boiled dinner. We will also have alternatives (vegetable and fish dish).

The "Let's Eat," monthly community meal is largely planned and prepared by residents of Paul Hazelton House who volunteer their time. They also help bag and distribute a bag of food every month (containing fresh fruit, fresh vegetable and a source of protein) to all residents.

This has been a successful program helping seniors with their nutritional needs as well as providing a valuable opportunity to socialize, creating a more vibrant senior living community.