Wednesday March 23, 2011
Calls On Community to Help with Donations and Delivery Volunteers
Mayor Greg Fischer greeted seniors getting their midday meal at Portland Neighborhood House, and helped deliver Meals on Wheels today, as part of the National Mayors for Meals Day. Sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Mayors for Meals seeks to raise awareness about senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.
“One of our goals is for Louisville to be an even more compassionate community, where neighbor cares for neighbor, friend for friend, stranger for stranger,” Fischer said. “Meals on Wheels is a great way to help our senior citizens get one of the most basic needs they have, and I call on the citizens of this community to find a cause or organization important to them and lend a hand.”
The Meals on Wheels program is administered locally by the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program under the Department of Housing and Family Services. The combined efforts of more than 400 volunteers each month ensures delivery of 425 hot noontime meals five days a week to qualified individuals. This free service is available to seniors, 60 years or older, who are homebound, throughout Louisville.
There are approximately 75 seniors currently on a waiting list due to funding constraints, as well as a lack of volunteers. To become a volunteer for delivering Meals on Wheels, contact Paul Jolly, volunteer coordinator of Senior Nutrition at 574.6420. Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels can call 574.6325 to begin the qualification process.
“This project is near to my heart, as this was a program that my mother took part in every week when I was growing up,” Fischer said. “She taught me that we each can make a difference, because, for some of these recipients, the person delivering the meals may be the only human contact they have in their day.”
“We are grateful for Mayor Fischer’s support and hope the March for Meals initiative will shine a light on senior hunger in our community to help encourage more individuals to donate or volunteer,” said Faith Aeilts, Program Manager of Senior Services.
To donate online, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/CAP and click on the “I Want to Donate to Senior Nutrition” link. To donate by mail, please contact Paul Jolly, at 574-6420.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America:
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. MOWAA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org.