Local Officials deliver meals in support of Meals On Wheels

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Waterbury, CT

2011 Mayors for MealsMayors and First Selectman from nine towns showed their support for the community’s homebound and hungry seniors by delivering meals as a part of the national Mayors For Meals event held on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011.

Mayors For Meals was sponsored locally by New Opportunities Inc., whose Meals On Wheels program served over 556,000 meals to local seniors during the last year within a twenty-four town service area centered around Greater Waterbury and Greater Danbury. Nationally, the event is organized by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) with approximately 1,300 elected officials participating in the 6th annual event.

Locally, chief elected officials from several towns participated in the event including: Wolcott Mayor Thomas Dunn, Thomaston First Selectman Edmond Mone, Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo, Southbury First Selectman William Davis, Jr., Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield, Bethlehem First Selectman Jeffrey Hamel, Brookfield First Selectman William Davidson, New Milford First Selectman Patricia Murphy and New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge.

The event is designed to raise awareness of the need for home delivered meals to seniors, demonstrate the positive impact the program has on the lives of the seniors it serves, as well as raise awareness of the need to continue funding Meals On Wheels programs so that they may keep providing this vital service to the community.

The event also coincides with the Buy A Wheel campaign, a fundraising event supported by local businesses who sell 'Wheels' for a dollar to raise the additional funds necessary to bridge funding gaps and keep local Meals On Wheels programs delivering meals.

“We are excited to have these officials participate in our Mayors For Meals Day event”, said llabonte [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org (subject: Mayor for Meals Inquiry from Website) (Lisa LaBonte, Director of Senior Nutrition Services at New Opportunities Inc.),  "they have been involved with our program in the past and the national Mayors For Meals Day is a great opportunity to show the impact that Meals On Wheels has on the community."

“We thank these local leaders for stepping up to the plate and joining our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020,” said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden.  “Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines of our battle and need support from elected leaders to continue providing the nutritious meals and human contact that our seniors so desperately depend on.”

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