Food, baskets delivered to seniors

WARREN – Area seniors got more than just nutrition this week as the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs provided Easter baskets as a part of their home-delivered meals.

More than 450 Easter baskets were to be distributed, with the contents donated and filled by employees of various Trumbull County officers, said Nutrition Project Director Karen Saker.

“We will be delivering baskets to all of our home delivery clients, and we will also be giving baskets to each of our clients who attend our 11 nutrition sites in Trumbull County,” Saker said. “Each site has a party scheduled, and that is the day they will get their baskets.”

The Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs operates two programs five days a week – congregations and home-delivered meals.

Residents who meet age and residence requirements and are homebound, unable to cook for themselves and not living with someone who can cook with them can be provided the home delivered meals.

Warren resident Marilyn DeSantis received her meal, as well as a basket on Monday, and said that the program is something she could not do without.

“They bring me a meal once a day, five days a week, and I’m thankful for the food, as well as this basket,”DeSantis, 82 and living alone, said. “I sold my home last year because it was just too much for me to keep up with. I eat every bit of what they bring me.”

Larry Winans is a volunteer delivery driver for the program, and the Packard Electric retiree said that he delivers anywhere from 25 to 30 meals a day.

“I make my deliveries in the northwest part of town, and another gentleman handles the other part of Warren,” Winans said. “I like being able to (work with the program) because it gets me up in the morning and keeps me busy while I help people.”

Linda Metzendorf works as a site manager at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Warren, one of the 11 congregate sites the organization operates for seniors who are independent, and said she appreciates the chance to gather with other people.

Metzendorf said that she has been working as a site manager for nine years and sees the congregate meals as a chance for seniors to get out of their house and have a place to share a nutritious meal in a friendly, social setting.

Metzendorf’s group of 20 or so seniors received their baskets on Monday, and the former Warren Board of Education member said that her seniors appreciated the gesture.

“When we brought the baskets out, everyone kind of looked at it like, ‘Is this for us?'” Metzendorf said. “They were just so excited to get Easter baskets.”