SKOWHEGAN — Spectrum Generation operates Meals on Wheels in several counties, and employees say their goal during the pandemic is to safely serve the elderly as they bring meals to their homes.
This central Maine organization is making daily life for seniors feel a little more like normal. For the Tweedie’s, a local elderly couple, Meals on Wheels has been a major help.
“Once and a while, I make all of the veggies, and I make a wonderful soup, so nothing goes to waste and everything gets appreciated,” Pam Tweedie said. “You just have to use a little common sense.”
Each meal is safely delivered with care by a volunteer or staff member.
“Someone was nice enough to deliver our Meals on Wheels meals, but also the USDA, the two boxes that we get for that, we went above and beyond,” Tweedie said. “I don’t know who did it, but I appreciate it.”
For Judy Goodwin, a volunteer delivery driver during the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels service is more than just a food service, but a way to connect with the community.
“You deliver the meals, then oftentimes you might have a short visit with them,” Goodwin said.
According to the president and CEO of Spectrum Generations, Gerard Queally, they have been serving approximately 800-900 people a day before the virus hit. He said the number then climbed to 1,800 during the pandemic, and now they serve on average 1,400.
“What Spectrum Generations is looking for is to come back from the pandemic as quickly as possible,” Queally said.
They say they have found new and innovative ways to help those during the pandemic, and will continue to safely service those in the community.