Aroostook Agency on Aging accepts new van for Meals on Wheels

FORT KENT, Maine - A project that's been a year in the making in The Valley has come to a happy end, with a new van being presented to the Aroostook Agency on Aging for use in its Meals on Wheels program.

The project was spearheaded by Pelletier Motors in Fort Kent. Owner Steve Pelletier says they wanted to give back to the people who support them, especially the older generation. A total of 26 businesses and individuals from the St. John Valley contributed nearly $25,000 to make the van a reality, including Daigle Oil Company, who joined the effort as a fuel sponsor, and Plourde, Morneault and Dubay, who stepped forward as a major donor.

Joy Barresi Saucier, executive director of the Agency, says Pelletier's not only pledged their own support, they helped rally the entire St. John Valley business community to follow their lead. Meals on Wheels is a program which provides home delivered meals to older adults in the region.

Last year, the Meals on Wheels program provided over 43,000 meals to more than 430 people throughout Aroostook County.