In celebration of July 4, Meals on Wheels recipients and seniors at Methodist Conference Home enjoyed a lobster lunch thanks to the generosity of two local lobster companies.

Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster in Port Clyde and Sea Hag Seafood, Inc. of St. George each donated picked lobster meat to MCH just in time for the holiday. MCH, a Rockland based nonprofit, operates Meals on Wheels and the Methodist Conference Home, affordable independent living apartments on Summer Street for seniors and disabled individuals.

Lobster salad was delivered to 123 Meals on Wheels recipients across Knox County. Another 90 seniors got a sit down lunch in the dining rooms of Methodist Conference Home and Rankin Center Apartments with their choice of lobster salad or lobster with drawn butter. Everyone got peas, baked potatoes and blueberry pie. Lobster was also on the July 5 menu at the public lunch MCH provides for area seniors every Friday at John St. United Methodist Church.

"This is a treat," said Tommy Dotin, a resident of Methodist Conference Home. "I don't get lobster very often."

"It wouldn't be summer without lobster," said 72-year-old Dorothy A. Winslow, who savored her lunch at table decorated with American flags.

MCH Food Services Director Lois Stackpole-Alley was thrilled to get the lobster donations and be able to cook such a special treat for clients.

“For me, it’s a real pleasure to see the appreciation from seniors and the knowledge that people from the community care," she said.

Offering housing, transportation, Meals on Wheels and aging in place services, MCH is "making community happen," improving the lives of seniors, disabled people and other vulnerable populations, one individual at a time.