Mayor of Derby delivers ‘Meals on Wheels’ to those in need

New Haven

The Mayor of Derby is going door to door Wednesday delivering meals to people who need them. He’s also shinning the spotlight on a program that’s critical to the community.

Mayor Richard Dziekan is going house to house taking part in the delivery of “Meals on Wheels.” 

“I just want to make sure people are happy and they’re getting what they need,” said Dziekan. 

In Derby and surrounding towns there’s a big need.  The people getting this food would otherwise find themselves in a difficult situation. 

“The vast majority live in isolation frail homebound. One in three is aged over 90 and we have a handful of residents aged over 100. It’s also a daily socialization and a wellness check,” said David Morgan, President/Ceo, Team. 

The meals are being handed out by “Team,” a non-profit in Derby that provides a number of services to roughly 11,000 people. One of which is the Meals on Wheels. 

This comes after Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro secured a $10-million increase in funding for Meals on Wheels programs.  Some of that money will be coming to Connecticut.

Related: DeLauro speaks on importance of Meals on Wheels

Without it, the outlook was bleak. 

“We would’ve been in dire straights just a year ago. We were struggling with a wait list and we were able to eliminate the wait list but the needs continue to grow,” said Morgan.

Just to give you an idea of how valuable this service is, nearly 300 meals are delivered every single day in the Valley. 

Mayor Dziekan getting a first hand look at the people who depend on this service. The hope is that funding through the town and federal government will continue.

“My background in military and police, I’m always out boots on the ground and I want to make sure everything is going well for them,” said Dziekan. 

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