About Take and Eat, Inc.
In 2003 the Rev. Mr. Francis J. Ryan, Ed.D. and his wife Kathleen founded Take and Eat, Inc. to empower faith based organizations to supplement the government funded weekday meals on wheels program.
Their first meals were prepared and delivered to 80 elders on Easter Sunday in 2003. Since that time Take and Eat has enabled 3,000+ volunteers to serve over 3,000 clients in the preparation and delivery of over 500,000 meals through 2017. As a result of the increasing needs of the senior population served by those volunteers empowered by Take and Eat, and the growing participant numbers, over 48,000 meals were prepared and delivered to the homebound elder community during 2017 and another 50,000 is estimated to be provided during 2018.
About the people we train:
The congregations trained by Take and Eat so far have been Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Congregational, Synagogue and Knights of Columbus. We look forward to working with other faith communities as well.
About the people we serve:
To qualify for meals-on-wheels a person must be over 60 years of age and have a chronic physical disability such that the person cannot leave home to shop and cannot prepare meals to meet daily nutritional needs. The majority of recipients are women. All recipients are chronically disabled. Many recipients live at or below the poverty line. Our client base grows each year.
At present our major source of funding comes from the Annual Catholic Appeal of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, MA and is also funded in part by the organizations listed on the bottom of this page.