Meals on Wheels selling lobsters again

Published 12:22 pm Monday, October 15, 2018

Meals on Wheels Rowan is sponsoring its second lobster sale.

According to the agency’s lobsterman, “Peter,” there are two times a year that lobsters are plentiful and plump — in late fall and late spring.

“We are poised to take advantage of a great lobster season,” said Samantha Dagenhart, chairwoman of the lobster sale. “One change from last spring is that the pickup for the fall lobster sale will be on a Saturday. We are hopeful that a Saturday pickup will encourage folks to plan a fun dinner with their family, friends or neighbors.”

One-pound lobsters, one-pound containers of Sidewalk Deli Lobster Salad, and party packs that include lobster bibs and lobster cracking tools will be available for pre-order. Lobsters can be ordered live or steamed.

Danny Roth at Shuckin’ Shack Restaurant in downtown Salisbury is partnering with Meals on Wheels to order, refrigerate and steam the fresh lobsters. The lobsters will arrive from Maine on Nov. 9.

Rick Anderson McCombs of Sidewalk Deli has agreed to make lobster salad with fresh-picked lobster. McCombs has tested several recipes before he found what he thinks is the perfect combination of ingredients.

In May, the lobster salad was a hit, and Meals on Wheels sold 83 pounds.

McCombs said he is going to take lobster salad off the menu at Sidewalk Deli so that people who are craving it will support Meals on Wheels.

“The lobster sale is a unique idea, and with the right partners, we felt that we could raise money to support home-delivered meals for homebound seniors and disabled citizens,” said Lauren Whaley, co-chairwoman of the sale. “Our first lobster sale last May raised over $5,000. The funds provided meals for one year for three individuals.”

The Meals on Wheels board of directors commits 25 percent, or 56 meals, out of the 225 delivered each weekday to homebound people with the greatest need. The goal of the fall lobster sale is to raise $9,375 to support meals for five homebound individuals for one year, Whaley said.

During the annual March for Meals BBQ, supporters could buy a $9 ticket or a $15 “eat one, feed one” ticket. The $15 ticket was for a barbecue plate and one daily meal for a homebound client. The lobster order form also offers the customer an opportunity to sponsor meals for a client.

Orders can be placed at the Meals on Wheels website or by calling Meals on Wheels at 704-633-0352. All orders must be submitted and paid in full by Nov. 2.

Drive-through lobster pickup will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the St. John’s Faith Center.