Students at the Barrett Russell School in Brockton created over 200 holiday placements for the OCES Community Dining program in the greater Brockton area. The placements depicted traditional holiday themes as well as individual artistic interpretations by the students.

Kindergarten teacher Alexandra Kay, with her colleagues Kristen Crugnale and Sarah Popham, delivered the placemats to OCES on Friday, November 18.  They were received by Nutrition Program Supervisors Sandy Ivers and Maribeth Waldron. OCES manages 20 meals sites in greater Plymouth County which include the distribution of Meals on Wheels and Community Dining.  image-3-lynn-cropped

“Community Dining Meal Sites provide a relaxing, social experience with a very good, hot meal.  Throughout the year, we plan special events at these sites and welcome donations. OCES has many opportunities for donating time, craft projects and funding. We were thrilled that the students at the Barrett Russell School wanted the opportunity to participate,” said Christine McLaren, Community Programs Director.

groupThe Nutrition Program supplies approximately 38,000 meals per month to older adults in greater Plymouth County, but it’s more than just a nutritious meal.  Community Dining gives people an opportunity for socialization and to make new friends.  Meals on Wheels gives home-bound older adults a connection to the community and a caring person to check on their safety and well-being.