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Supervisors delay vote on meal delivery in Wayne County

Monica Deyo said there are times when the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

The Meals-on-Wheels program is a perfect example, the former Marion town supervisor told the Wayne County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

Deyo and a host of other people associated with Home Meal Service, which has delivered meals to the county’s homebound residents for 45 years, urged the board to look past the bids for Meals-on-Wheels and consider the quality of service the agency has provided for so long.

The debate comes after the county issued a request for proposals for the administration of the Meals-on-Wheels program as part of a revamped purchasing policy that requires most contracts over $20,000 be subject to competitive bid.

Newark-based Wayne Arc submitted a bid of $183,240, with a per-meal cost of $5.09, while Home Meal Service bid $260,840, with a per-meal cost of $7.54.

The price difference is about $77,000 for a program that earlier this year needed an additional $79,000 budget boost from supervisors because of higher demand and an inadequate number of customers paying for the meals. Residents getting meals are not denied the service due to inability to pay.

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