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Marlborough Community Cupboard offers help for seniors

(l to r) Judy Kane, WMCT TV and Jennifer Claro, director of the Marlborough Senior Center, talk with Jen Maseda, senior vice president, United Way of Tri-County about new initiatives to help Marlborough senior citizens facing issues with food insecurities.   Photo/submitted

(l to r) Judy Kane, WMCT TV and Jennifer Claro, director of the Marlborough Senior Center, talk with Jen Maseda, senior vice president, United Way of Tri-County about new initiatives to help Marlborough senior citizens facing issues with food insecurities.
Photo/submitted

Marlborough – The United Way of Tri-County’s Marlborough Community Cupboard (MCC) in partnership with BayPath Elder Services, the city of Marlborough, Marlborough Senior Center, and Marlborough Senior Housing have formed The Senior Mobile Market Program. The initiative is designed to reach those home-bound seniors already connected with these service providers.

“We are pleased that we will be able to provide seniors with food in their homes, because some people may not be able to access the Marlborough Community Cupboard independently. It provides them a great measure of dignity and an important resource for staying healthy while staying at home,” said Christine Allessandro, the director of BayPath Elder Services.

On Wednesday evenings volunteers will be asked to package the groceries at the MCC’s 255 Main St. location for distribution on Thursday mornings. Each client will have multiple grocery bags identified by tags.  Fresh produce and frozen items will be added to the family bags on Thursday mornings prior to pick-up by the drivers.

“The United Way Marlborough Community Cupboard is committed to providing food to the most vulnerable Marlborough residents.  Our intention is to work with others to come up with innovative and effective strategies to serve populations in need. Working together will ensure people, especially those who have experienced so much in their lifetime, will not go hungry,” said Jen Maseda, senior vice president, United Way of Tri-County.

“The new initiative that the Marlborough Community Cupboard is offering, gives home-bound seniors the support they need. It fills a gap by allowing seniors access to fresh vegetables, meats and selected non-perishable items through a non-invasive partnership with United Way’s Community Cupboard, BayPath Elder Services, and Marlborough Council on Aging.  This food initiative will simply allow members of our community to stretch their limited income so they will not ‘go without’ as well as helping with any transportation hardship,” said Jennifer Claro, director of the Marlborough Senior Center.

Additional volunteers are needed to assist with packaging the grocery bags on Wednesday evenings and on Thursday mornings between 9-11 a.m. for delivery from the MCC.  For more information, contact Barbara LaGrenade at Barbara.lagrenade@uwotc.org  or call (508) 481-4080.

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