TYLER, TX – March 17, 2014 – Meals on Wheels Ministry announced today that it will be participating in the national 2014 March for Meals campaign. On Wednesday, March 19th, festivities will include a special showing of support by “Community Champions,” both elected officials from the organization’s six county service area as well as local celebrities who have volunteered to deliver meals and help bring awareness to the mission of Meals on Wheels. This event is sponsored in part by C. Michael Rogers, in memorial of Ms. Jane Fransen.
“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Mike Powell, Meals on Wheels Ministry President and CEO. “This month, we join in with Meals on Wheels organizations all over the country in promoting March for Meals, and we thank all of our elected officials and local celebrities for showing their support of what we do and who we serve!”
Currently, 19 mayors have committed to participating in the March 19th Mayors for Meals event including Harold Wells (Mayor, Gladewater); Gary Smith (Mayor Pro Tem, Longview); Ann Hall (Mayor, Chandler); Elicia Sanders (Mayor, Eustace); Paul Eaton (Mayor, Gun Barrell City); Delois Pagitt (Mayor, Malakoff); Tamra Brickey (Mayor, Tool); Damon Nichols (Mayor, Arp); Pam Frederick (Mayor, Bullard); Robert Nelson (Mayor, Lindale); Daryl Bowdre (Mayor Pro Tem, Tyler); Danny Hogden (Mayor, Whitehouse); Kathy Hoover (Gilmer, City Secretary); Richard Lawrence (Mayor, Canton); Cary Hilliard (Mayor Pro Tem, Canton); Billy Wilson (Mayor, Van); Mark Turner (Mayor, Wills Point); Orvin Carroll (Mayor, Alba); and John Pflug (Mayor, Winnsboro). Celebrities include CBS 19’s Justin Earley, Lorri Allen, and John Adams; KETK NBC 56’s Marcus Bagwell, Teresa Sardina and Alexa Vogue; and KLTV Channel 7’s Dia Wall and Lane Lucky. Members of the Meals on Wheels Ministry Board of Directors and staff will also be out delivering special routes for the day.
March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Meals on Wheels Ministry, promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
“Our Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines every day in the battle against senior hunger,” said Meals On Wheels Association of American President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals On Wheels program and support our mission to end senior hunger in America.”
For more information on March for Meals, visit www.marchformeals.com.
About Meals on Wheels Ministry
Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves over 3,000 seniors and homebound individuals in 30 communities across six counties including Gregg, Henderson, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties. Meals on Wheels Ministry is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing good nutritious meals, daily contacts, and other support services that enable senior citizens and disabled persons to remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible. More information on client services, volunteer opportunities and much more may be found online at www.mowmet.org.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit mowaa.org.