To the Editor:
The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) is the sole provider of Meals On Wheels to homebound seniors in the nine Estuary towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton, Killingworth, Chester, Deep River, and Essex, and the Town of Madison. We also provide noon meals for active seniors in four café sites. Just about every family on the Shoreline knows someone who is either receiving Meals On Wheels or enjoys meals at our café sites.
Like so many other nonprofits, ECSI has budget cuts and has to tighten its belt. Although we get funding from Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging and donations from our clients, the funding does not cover the cost of providing the meals. We could not provide our services without fund raising events. Our latest Autumn on the Dock Wine Tasting and Auction was held on September 21 and was a success again this year. I would like to thank all those generous people who attended the event and opened their wallets to support our seniors. Len DiBella of Luigi’s was our honorary chairman and an eloquent spokesman for our senior nutrition program.
I urge you to support and thank our great sponsors as they donated $23,350 for our senior nutrition program. They are Scranton Financial Group; Fred Cliffe; Middlesex Hospital; Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale; First Niagara Foundation; Rachel Thomas Real Estate; the Essex Savings Bank; Tri State Maintenance; Reynolds’ Garage & Marine; the Safety Zone; the Clark Group; the Guilford Savings Bank; Claremont Sales Group; Gladeview Rehabilitation & Health Care; Kitchings & Potter, LLC, Home Instead Senior Care, Ceil Printing, and the Wine Cask.
If you know of a senior in need of our nutrition service, or if you would like to volunteer to drive for Meals On Wheels, please call Peg Barrett at 860-388-1611.
Paula C. Ferrara,
Estuary Council of Seniors Inc.