March 23, 2012 > Community Leaders Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors
Community Leaders Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors
Submitted By Rachael Vander Martin
On Wednesday, March 21, Mayor Gus Morrison of Fremont and Mayor Al Nagy of Newark helped LIFE ElderCare volunteers deliver meals to seniors as part of the organization's annual Mayors for Meals Day. They were joined by five City Council members, Anu Natarajan, Suzanne Chan and Bill Harrison from Fremont, Maria Collazo from Newark and Emily Duncan from Union City.
"On this day, there are close to 1,200 other elected officials delivering meals all over the country to frail, homebound seniors," said Mary Anderson, LIFE ElderCare Executive Director. "We enjoy celebrating this event because it shows how important community support is in building and sustaining our Meals On Wheels program. Last year we delivered over 102,000 meals and we could not have done it without the enthusiastic support of people like you."
During the event, Suzanne Chan presented Anderson with a donation in honor of the late Fremont mayor, Bob Wasserman. "This was a very special program to Bob and his wife Linda, a longtime Meals On Wheels driver," said Chan. "It takes financial support and volunteers to make a daily connection with the frail elderly who need our help. I encourage all of you to join me in making a commitment to sustaining this vital service."
In addition to providing meals, volunteers do a daily wellness check on each of the people on their route. While delivering meals with Mayor Morrison, Janaki Arayambath, 46, warmly greeted each of the seniors and asked them how they were doing. Janaki started volunteering four years ago when her son left for college and currently delivers meals three to four days a week on different routes.
"I had fun delivering meals today," said Morrison. "It gave me the chance to meet some of the older residents in our community and to hear about how grateful they are to be getting one hot meal a day. I was also impressed by the commitment of the volunteers."
Mayors For Meals Day is a component of March For Meals, a national campaign, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other elected officials to raise awareness of senior hunger. This year's refreshments were provided by Super Suppers.
If you would like to learn more about LIFE ElderCare or the Meals On Wheels program visit www.lifeeldercare.org.
(left to right) Gus Morrison, Mayor of Fremont, Bill Harrison, City Council Member Fremont, Anu Natarajan, City Council Member Fremont, Mary Anderson, LIFE ElderCare Executive Director, Judy Zlatnik, LIFE ElderCare Board President, Suzanne Chan, City Council Member Fremont, Maria Collazo, City Council Member Newark and Al Nagy, Mayor of Newark.