PRESQUE ISLE – Erin S. Walsh was recently promoted to Director of Nutrition Services at the Aroostook Agency on Aging. In her new role, Walsh oversees and supports the nutrition services provided through the Meals on Wheels, Food Service, and Seniors Product Program in Northern Maine.
According to the Agency’s Executive Director, Joy Barresi Saucier, “Erin has been an integral team leader in our growing nutrition programs. She recognizes the importance of special dietary needs and will continue to play a major role in planning our services to seniors in the future.
“I love what I do,” Walsh said. “It’s not just a job for me. I don’t want anyone to go without food, but it’s especially important that these consumers get good nutrition and a balanced diet. Serving them is my passion.
Walsh began working at the Aroostook Aging Agency in 2018, helping plan and plan nutrition programs. She brings experience to her new role working in restaurants, a family catering business and coordinating appointments in a doctor’s office.
Overseeing Meals on Wheels, Walsh is responsible for ordering, tracking and coordinating the volunteer distribution of hot frozen and ready-to-eat meals. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, meal deliveries have doubled, she said. With the help of about 25 volunteers, hundreds of consumers receive nutritious meals. Depending on the location, some meals are served daily, while others are delivered every two weeks.
The Congregate Dining program is temporarily closed due to pandemic restrictions and normally serves consumers at locations in Presque Isle, Caribou, Van Buren, Madawaska, Fort Kent and Grand Isle. Walsh is hoping sit-down meals will resume when he’s safe to do so again, pending direction from the Maine CDC.
Another popular nutrition initiative for the agency is the USDA Supplemental Foods Program, more commonly known as the Senior Food Box Program. Each month, staff members identify and register elderly or disabled people to receive the service. Catholic Charities contributes to this effort.
Noting that all of the Agency’s nutrition programs are important, Walsh praises the volunteers who help make it happen: “Volunteers are the backbone and are essential to our success. Not only do they distribute healthy food, but they are caring people, concerned about the well-being of our customers. We can always welcome more volunteers.
Walsh grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Maine and graduated from Presque Isle High School in 1992. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently a student. full-time for a bachelor’s degree in business administration. program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Walsh resides in Presque Isle with his two children. For more information on nutrition or any other Aroostook Aging Agency service, call the main office at 207-764-3396 or toll free at 1-800-439-1789.