Tuesday March 27, 2012
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726
Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Mayor Fischer Delivers Meals to Seniors
Annual event highlights need for donations, delivery volunteers
Mayor Greg Fischer greeted seniors getting their midday meal today at the Kling Center then helped deliver Meals on Wheels to several nearby homes in Old Louisville -- part of the National Mayors for Meals celebration. 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 and no one gets left behind,” Fischer said. “Meals on Wheels is a great way to help our senior citizens stay healthy by getting a hot, nutritious meal.”
The Meals on Wheels program is administered locally by the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Department of Community Services and Revitalization. Hundreds of volunteers help deliver over 115,000 hot noontime meals each year to qualified individuals. Additionally, another 111,000 active seniors are served meals at more than 20 congregate nutrition sites across the community which offer seniors an opportunity for a nutritious lunch, socialization and activities.
Fischer said those who deliver meals to seniors are a great example of the caring and compassion that will be in the spotlight during the Give A Day week of service, April 14-22.
This year’s Meals on Wheels celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act authorizing vital nutrition services to America’s seniors. “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 the Senior Nutrition Program.
To become a volunteer for delivering Meals on Wheels, contact Todd Adams in the city’s Senior Nutrition Program at 574.6917. Meals on Wheels is available to Louisville seniors five days a week to qualified individuals, 60 years or older, who are homebound.
Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels can call 574.6325 to begin the qualification process.
To make a financial donation to this program, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR
and click on the “I Want to Donate to Senior Nutrition” link. 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 MealsOn Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org
. This project is funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.