Commission on Aging, Sheriff Partner to Deliver Meals to Seniors

December 2, 2019

by John Raffel

Justin Halladay was formerly undersheriff and later sheriff of Mecosta County before taking over this year as director of the Commission on Aging.
But last week, Halladay, in a press release, announced a partnership between the COA and the sheriff’s office for this holiday season regarding the health and safety of senior citizens.

“The Osceola County COA provides meals both home delivered and at congegrate sites through the county,” Halladay said in his release. “These meals are served to the senior population, those who are 60 years of age or older. Without these meals, many seniors would not get sufficient nutritional needs met or have contact and socialize with others.
Many do not have the financial ability, transportation or resources to provide their need on their own.

“Osceola County COA prepares 160 to 200 meals daily, totaling over 37,000 meals this past year. The total number of individuals receiving meals is 425. During the holidays, meals are prepared the day prior and then frozen to be delivered to the senior. The senior can then reheat the meal the following day. Many of our seniors live alone and their only contact throughout the day may be our meal driver. The thought of that senior citizen being alone on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas made me look back to my previous career as the sheriff.”

Halladay said he reached out to the new sheriff Edward Williams and asked if the sheriff’s department would partner with the COA to have the sheriff’s department deliver meals on holidays.
Williams agreed and the partnership is in effect.

“The COA isn’t working holidays but the sheriff’s office is, and so the partnership made perfect sense,” Halladay said.

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