Using in-house staff and facilities makes the program unique.
“We are sharing scarce resources and making more of them by combining resources with the Amesbury Housing Authority. When you are a small service like we are, we have to come up with ideas that will push the envelope, think outside the box,” Mazzone said.
The latest Merrimac Housing Authority newsletter explains many of the program’s details, including the fact that there will be new locks on the refrigerators once the kitchen upgrade has finished.
Mazzone apologized in the newsletter for this change. Mailman explained that the locks would prevent “cross-contamination” of any of the meals by spills or accidents inadvertently done by residents. The Merrimac Housing Authority will be also working with the Board of Health to assure that all systems will meet the guidelines for safe preparation and distribution of food.
As with any special program, volunteers from the community will be vital to its success. Mazzone stressed that helpers in the dining area to serve meals, runners to bring food to shut-ins, as well as volunteers to clean and prep tables and utensils for serving will all be needed.