Chef Delaῆo Lambertclare is changing the face of Meals on Wheels in Seminole County. The Cordon Bleu trained chef is all about the flavor. Born in New Orleans, his love for food shows in the 158,458 meals annually that he and his staff carefully prepare for the seniors, the 382,020 meals and 146,165 snacks they prepared for child day cares and the 30,851 meals for adult day-cares throughout the county.
I visited Meals on Wheels in Seminole County and was introduced to every member of the staff that was present that day. I spoke with them all and what I received back from everyone was a sense of strong dedication, commitment and love they have for what they do and the people they serve. I could tell that some days were daunting but that did not deter these warriors. If a driver did not show up, they stepped in and did the job; no staying in the office because of position was even thought of.
Meals on Wheels is not just about the food, although the food is worth talking about. When Chef Delano took over the kitchen he had no plans to serve mediocre fare. Instead he has developed a healthy menu and used his New Orleans background and his training as a chef to place delicious meals before the seniors and children he serves. No package to plate meals for this community.
Sherry Fincher, Executive Director
Ruby Pettway, Home Delivered Meals Coordinator
Core services for Meals on Wheels include Nutrition for Homebound Seniors. They provide two meals a day and Congregate Meals (hot) for Neighborhood Dining participants. Through their “Top Hat Catering Division” breakfast and lunch are provided to childcare and adult daycares and for special events, gourmet cuisine is offered. All proceeds from the Catering Division benefit Meals on Wheels.
Transportation is also provided to Seniors for medical appointments, congregate dining and for shopping. All they need do is call and set up an appointment to be picked up. Meals on Wheels provides some home repairs, weatherization programs and homemaking services to those seniors that need them.
To qualify for meals on Wheels Seniors programs you need only be a Senior Citizen.
“Our seniors like the feeling of being independent. They may have family, but don’t want to call on them for everything. They want to feel that they can take their time shopping, for example, and they get that from Meals on Wheels.”…. Marci Carter, Director of Community Relations.
The 848 volunteers contributed over 39,000 hours of service last year and because of their help, Meals on Wheels continues to expand their services throughout Seminole County.
Interested in Volunteering? Visit www.mealsetc.or or call 407.333.8877.