Take and Eat program delivers meals on weekends

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  • Munchkin, a 12-year-old Shih Tzu, waits patiently as his owner, Betty-Anne Gould of Westhampton, delivers a Take and Eat weekend meal to a home in Easthampton.

  • Jonathan Cartledge, an organizer with the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program, seals some of the 90 barbecue chicken dinners made by volunteers.

  • Volunteers, in foreground from left, Susan Sachs, Glee Miner and Janet Couch, all of Easthampton, prepare bag lunches in the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton to go with the hot dinners being prepared behind them for the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program on Saturday morning. In background are Lori Brogle, left, and Chris Wayne, both of Westhampton, and in the far corner, scrubbing the pans, is St. Philip’s Episcopal Church pastor, Rev. Michael Bullock. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Rev. Michael Bullock of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Easthampton scrubs the aluminum trays used in preparing 90 barbecue chicken meals for the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program in the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Julie Flahive, left, a driver coordinator for the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program, works with driver Audrey Antosz and her son, Garrett, of Westhampton before they head out on their route with meals prepared by volunteers in the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Chris Wayne of Westhampton gets the last drop of barbecue sauce from several containers as he prepares chicken dinners for the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program in the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Volunteers in the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program use the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton to prepare dinners and lunches for 90 people in Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2020. In foreground, from left, are Susan Sachs, Glee Miner, Janet Couch and Margaret Chappuis, all of Easthampton. Behind them are Lori Brogle, left, and Chris Wayne, both of Westhampton. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Susan Sachs of Easthampton inserts menus into cards hand-colored by children from Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton for the Take and Eat weekend meals delivery program. Sachs and eight other volunteers worked in the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2020, preparing dinners and lunches for 90 people in the three towns. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 8/27/2020 9:32:04 AM

For several hours on most Saturday mornings, the kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton is a-buzz with volunteers cooking and preparing meals to deliver to about 90 area homebound elderly.

The program, Take and Eat, was created to deliver meals only on weekends, filling in the gap when another program, the weekday Meals on Wheels, does not operate. The organization has member groups working throughout western Massachusetts and the Easthampton program is geared specifically to the towns of Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton.

Volunteers from Our Lady of the Valley Parish lead the effort on the first and third Saturdays each month, and a combination of volunteers recruited through the two smaller congregations of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Easthampton and Westhampton Congregational Church provide the muscle every fourth Saturday. The organization is hoping to enlist another group for the open second Saturday.

This Saturday a group of nine volunteers, not including the delivery drivers, began about 7 a.m. cooking the barbecue chicken dinners and preparing separate bag lunches to go along with them. Lori Brogle of Westhampton, helping to portion the peas, said she loves the work. “It satisfies my need to cook for a lot of people — and it’s just one day a month.”

About 11 a.m. the drivers start arriving to pick up the meals and head out on a dozen different delivery routes. Betty-Anne Gould of Westhampton volunteers with both the Take and Eat program and a Meals on Wheels program, so she’s able to check in on some of the same people throughout the week and weekend. Gould says her 12-year-old Shih Tzu, Munchkin, who sits on a booster seat next to her, is a constant companion and has been helping her with deliveries since she began them about eight years ago.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.


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