March 25, 2011 > LIFE ElderCare holds Annual Mayors for Meals Day
LIFE ElderCare holds Annual Mayors for Meals Day
Submitted By Rachael Vander Martin
Despite the rainy weather, Mayors Bob Wasserman of Fremont and David Smith of Newark helped LIFE ElderCare volunteers deliver meals as part of the organization's third Annual Mayors for Meals Day on March 23rd. The mayors were joined this year by four City Council members - Ana Apadoca from Newark, Emily Duncan from Union City and Anu Natarajan and Suzanne Chan from Fremont.
"We welcome the direct involvement of four city council members in this year's Mayors for Meals Day," said Mary M. Anderson, Executive Director. "There is no better way for them to witness how Meals On Wheels brings good nutrition and a daily check on a homebound senior's well being. So often our volunteers are the only person a senior sees all day. This annual event recognizes both the community's care and concern on behalf of Tri-City seniors as well as the tremendous value Meals On Wheels volunteer drivers provide each and every day."
During the event, Mayor David Smith praised the program for delivering 13,000 meals to Newark seniors last year and gave an update on the Newark Senior Center that closed recently due to budget cuts. "I am happy to say that with the passage of Measure U in November we will be able to restore some services and reopen the Senior Center sometime in July."
Suzanne Chan, Vice-Mayor of Fremont, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Wasserman said, "Currently, 400 at-risk seniors are getting daily meals from LIFE ElderCare's MOW program. We all know how much the seniors appreciate these meals and the warm, friendly volunteers who come to their house everyday to deliver them."
Last year the volunteers delivered 95,472 meals, a 2,200 increase (in meals) over the previous year. So far, the organization has been able to meet the need without creating a waiting list. But to continue doing this they need the continuous support of the community. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a financial contribution to their End Senior Hunger campaign, please visit www.lifeeldercare.org.
The Mayors for Meals campaign was started in 2006 by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to help local programs raise public awareness about senior hunger. Last year, 1,124 U.S. and Canadian mayors and elected officials delivered meals for their local MOW programs.