MIDDLEBOROUGH – Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Lance Benjamino is pleased to announce that the Middleborough Fire Department has facilitated food deliveries to residents in quarantine or isolation as part of the Isolation and Quarantine Food Security Program.
The Isolation and Quarantine Food Security Program, established by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), helps local municipalities bring food to those in need.
As part of the program, Chief Benjamino and the Town of Middleborough will order boxes of food using an online system, and will be responsible for delivering the shelf-stable food boxes to households on an as-needed basis.
“This is a great and much needed program that will assist many of our residents,” Chief Benjamino said. “No one should go hungry because they are required to be in isolation or quarantine, and we’ll do whatever we can to help those in need. If we see a greater need for deliveries, we will look toward expanding the program throughout town as well.”
The food boxes will contain a variety of items, which may include canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, pasta and pasta sauce, canned soup, granola bars and more. Items in each box will vary based on availability.
Chief Benjamino and the Town of Middleborough will determine who receives the orders based on the state’s contact tracing personnel speaking to residents who are in isolation or quarantining.
As part of the program, Middleborough Council on Aging drivers will deliver boxes to residents’ homes and leave deliveries at the door. Deliveries will be contactless as much as possible, and social distancing and mask wearing will be followed at all times when food is dropped off to households to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Those looking for more information on the program or who wish to inquire about receiving food can call the Middleborough Council on Aging at 508-946-2490.