When the COVID-19 Crisis started back in March, many of our associates didn’t realize they would become essential personal. That all changed when our Delco Meal Service Center was asked by Chester County Dept of Aging Services if they would be able to provide five days of shelf-stable meals to some of their senior centers.
Since the last week in March, our Delco Meal Service Center has provided an average of 400 meal packs (2,000 meals) of shelf-stable meals to Phoenixville, West Chester, Surrey Devon, and Oxford senior centers each week. Each meal pack consists of five lunch meals, which include an entrée, starch, vegetable, milk, fruit, and snack item. Some of the meal items offered are chicken with mashed potatoes, beef ravioli, chicken sausage and waffles, Velveeta® bacon mac and cheese, red pepper hummus, beef stew, and various soups.
As the crisis prolonged, more families were in need of meals, the Delco Meal Service Center was also able to provide Delaware County Intermediate Unit Head Start with 781 CACFP meal packs (3,905 meals) to serve to their children. Their meal packs were more kid-friendly, including WOW butter and jelly, along with salsa cups, cheese cups, and WG tortillas for dipping.
In addition to providing meals to our residential sites and frozen home-delivered meals, Delco has provided more than 55,000 meals to those who need it most.
We are committed to focusing on the safety of our associates and clients by providing PPE during each shift and maintaining safe distances while working.
Although it was a struggle in the beginning to procure shelf-stable items due to food shortages from the crisis, the Delco Meal Service Center is — and will continue to be — proud to help those in need.
In the photo above, five-day lunch packs are ready to go and awaiting delivery.