April 1, 2009 > Mayors deliver Meals on Wheels
Mayors deliver Meals on Wheels
Submitted By Rachael Vander Martin
Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and Newark Mayor David Smith traveled with volunteer drivers to deliver hot, nourishing meals to frail, homebound elders this month. Both extolled the virtues of Meals on Wheels and stressed its vital importance to their communities.
"This program is absolutely essential to the citizens of Newark," said Smith. "Not only do homebound seniors get a meal, they also get a warm smile and a daily check on their well-being."
His route took him to 10 homes, giving the mayor an opportunity to visit with constituents he would never otherwise have the pleasure of meeting.
Wasserman joined his wife Linda, a 16-year volunteer with LIFE ElderCare, delivering meals to 10 recipients on her Fremont route. He stressed the importance of community participation. "Become a volunteer, make a donation or partner with this wonderful program. Their very existence depends on your generosity."
Meals on Wheels is a program of LIFE ElderCare, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization.
"Mayors Wasserman and Smith have been strong partners in promoting LIFE ElderCare and the National Mayors For Meals Day reflects their commitment to continued quality of life on behalf of our Tri-City seniors," says Executive Director Mary M. Anderson.
LIFE ElderCare helps frail, homebound seniors in the Tri-City area through its four direct services programs, Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitors, VIP Rides and Falls Prevention. If you are interested in donating or becoming a volunteer, please visit www.lifeeldercare.org or call (510) 574-2090.