Lois Stackpole-Alley, after 47 years of devoted service to MCH Inc. as food service and Meals on Wheels director, is set to retire Aug. 31.

In 1969, Stackpole-Alley joined the staff of the Methodist Conference Home, cooking and serving meals to residents. In the early 1970s the home took over a local meal delivery program from People’s United Methodist Church in Rockland, starting with two clients and two volunteers. That program grew to become the Meals on Wheels program in Knox County, which operates as a sub-contractor for Spectrum Generations.

In 2015 MCH Meals on Wheels served 30,684 home-cooked, nutritious meals every Monday through Friday in every corner of Knox County. A team of 75 dedicated volunteers delivers meals to 208 homebound older adults and people with disabilities who are unable to get out to do grocery shopping or are unable to prepare their own meals. In addition to Meals on Wheels, MCH Food Services prepares a nutritious luncheon every day in Rockland and once a week for seniors and community members at John Street Methodist Church in Camden.

Lee Karker, executive director of MCH Inc., said, “Lois has been the heart and soul of Meals on Wheels in Knox County for almost five decades. She has been at the center of every meal prepared, every volunteer recruited and every meal delivered. We are deeply grateful for her outstanding and dedicated service.”

Her work in the kitchen at the Methodist Conference Home has never been just a job for Stackpole-Alley. She truly cared about everyone for whom she cooked. She made muffins, desserts, soups and sauces from scratch. Entering the front door of the Methodist Conference Home in Rockland, one could always enjoy the aromas wafting from Lois’ kitchen. She always sought new recipes and flavors to please and knew most of her clients' dietary details from memory.

According to a July 25 news release from MCH, she was like a guardian angel to many who no longer had family to look after them. She has been a tireless advocate for the well-being of elderly and special needs community members. Just last week she was honored by the West Bay Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest Rotary awards for those who exemplify service above self. Stackpole-Alley has been honored by the Salvation Army, Rockland Rotary, Camden Rotary, Rockland Kiwanis and the MCH board of directors throughout her distinguished career.

In reflecting on her 47 years at MCH Inc., Lois said, “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to serve the community and the people I love in important ways. I’ve enjoyed every challenge and every minute of my work.” A capital campaign to expand the MCH Meals on Wheels kitchen is currently under way and will be completed this year. The new kitchen will be dedicated to Stackpole-Alley and her volunteers later this year.

Stackpole-Alley plans to continue her work on behalf of MCH as a volunteer on the Kitchen Appeal campaign and the MCH development committee.

For more information, contact: Karker at MCH Inc. 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841 or call 596-6477.