A Healthy Island is an Age-Friendly Island…

March 19, 2020 – Healthy Island Project Launches New Program

HIP LUNCH BOX supports island seniors Stay Healthy at Home 

We at Healthy Island Project care about the health of our island.  When it quickly became apparent that the best way to respond to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 was through social/physical distancing, we responded.  We suspended all Salt Air Seniors gatherings and the Monday Friends in Action Visit-with-Friends Coffeehouse until the Governor of Maine and the Maine CDC deems it safe to resume.

We are very aware of the health risks of this virus and are equally mindful of the health risks of fear and social isolation, especially for our older islanders.  We are concerned about how these upcoming weeks of isolation will impact you.  And so, while encouraging physical distancing, we wish to limit the feeling of social isolation as much as possible. Therefore, we have formulated a temporary program — HIP Lunch Box — which will run until we are able to resume our regular gatherings once again

Starting on Thursday, March 19th, HIP began to offer island seniors a delicious lunch delivered twice a week — on Mondays and Thursdays.  Using friendly and eager volunteers, we bring lunch to you at your home. A $5 donation per meal is requested. If this poses a burden for you, we still want you to take part in HIP Lunch Box meals.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Call Barrett Gray at 367-2253 and let him know if you would like to have a HIP Lunch Box delivered to you.
  2. Twice a week you will receive a friendly call from a volunteer who will do a quick wellness check and will let you know approximately what time to expect your HIP Lunch Box delivery.
  3. If you are feeling well, feel free to open the door for the volunteer if you wish.  The volunteer will step back 6′ or more and will not enter your home.
  4. If you are feeling unwell, please let us know.  You will still receive meals, but the volunteer will knock and leave your Lunch Box at your door.
  • We also encourage you to limit essential outings and take advantage of Burnt Cove Market Monday delivery service for your essentials. Just call Burnt Cove at 367-2681 with your list.  Burnt Cove also offers curbside pickup on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Call ahead or order online at http://iecoop.org/burnt-cove-market/
  • If you need prescriptions or items delivered from Seaside Pharmacy, we can help.  Just ask.

Please note: signs of the COVID-19 virus are fever, cough, shortness of breath and trouble breathing.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact your Primary Care Physician (PCP).




Salt Air Seniors is a lively group of older adults – both men and women (60+) – who gather twice a month for socializing and activities. The group meets at the Community of Christ Church on Burnt Cove Road/15a in Stonington  from 12:00-1:30:00 pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month unless we’re off on an adventure elsewhere on the island.otherwise indicated. The meetings are facilitated by Barrett Gray.

Lunch is provided each meeting. $5.00 donation towards the meal requested.
To RSVP for lunch or to be added to the mailing list, please call Barrett at (207) 367-2253.

Events are free and new “Salties” are always welcome!