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Free senior weekday meal program moves to Jaffrey

  • The Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services' Friendly Meals program that was previously housed in Troy has moved to Jaffrey. The program offers free noon-time lunch to people over the age of 60. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:52AM

A weekday senior lunch program that had previously been held in Troy for almost 40 years has moved to Jaffrey. 

The Friendly Meals program, sponsored by Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Service, has been relocated to the Mildred Cutter Parish Hall at the United Church of Jaffrey as of July 9. 

The program had previously been held at the Meadowood Assembly Hall in Troy, but the program was forced to find a new home after the dissolution of the Meadowood Fire Department.

“It was a very seamless transition,” Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Service Community Relations Director Susan Ashworth said in an interview Wednesday. “We reached out to the church because Meadowood was closing and we knew based on the response to the monthly lunch at the [Jaffrey] VFW that there was a lot of interest in the community.”

The Friendly Meals program currently operates weekday meals in Jaffrey, Keene, and Hinsdale and offers monthly meals in Jaffrey, Marlow, Marlborough, Nelson, North Walpole, and Westmoreland.

Ashworth said the monthly meal at the Jaffrey VFW will continue to operate because anywhere from 120 to 150 seniors attend each month. Ashworth anticipates having about 30 people at the weekday Jaffrey meal. 

"Jaffrey has the highest percentage of senior citizens in Cheshire County when compared to similar sized towns," Ashworth said in a press release. “… We are so appreciative that the United Church of Jaffrey has been able to accommodate us so that we can reach out to the seniors in Jaffrey and the surrounding towns."

The Friendly Meals program has been in existence since the early 1970s, Ashworth said. The program is funded by federal dollars from the Older Americans Act, donations, and fundraising. 

“The mission of the United Church of Jaffrey ‘To Grow Our Christian Faith Through Acts of Love to All’ will take on even greater meaning within the Jaffrey community as we welcome HCS to our ongoing ministries of the Jaffrey Food Pantry, free community suppers and use of the Mildred Cutter Memorial Hall for a variety of non-profit groups including AA and MFS…our God is still speaking to our call for service to others,” said Owen Houghton of the church’s Trust and Care team. 

Ashworth said the Meals on Wheels that had previously been delivered out of Troy will also be moving to Jaffrey. Approximately 75 Meals on Wheels will be served daily out of Jaffrey, Ashworth said. 

Friendly Meals is offered to all senior citizens over the age of 60. A $3.00 donation is requested. Reservations in advance are a must and can be made by calling the Fri endly Meals at 242-7986. Men us are online at www.hcsservices.org.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ex t. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com . He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.