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Meals on Wheels puts mayors on the road

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Seniors First kicked off its campaign to end senior hunger with National Mayors for Meals day on March 24. Roseville Mayor Gina Garbolino along with Lincoln Mayor Tom Cosgrove participated in the delivery of Meals on Wheels to the homebound seniors in their cities. Seniors First is participating in the national 2010 March For Meals campaign, initiated and sponsored by Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like Seniors First, promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. A major aspect of the 2010 March For Meals campaign is for Americans to team up with their local Meals on Wheels program and take the Pledge to End Senior Hunger in America by 2020. This national movement comes at a good time, as recent MOWAA research studies have revealed that the problem of senior hunger in America is indeed growing worse. Currently, one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger in the United States. Seniors First will also begin an “Adopt A Senior” program for people to pledge to feed a senior. Meals On Wheels is a donation-based program and many seniors are not able to donate toward their meals. For the cost of a cup of coffee at a local coffee café, people can feed a senior for one day. Pledges can be made to feed a senior on a daily basis, monthly or yearly. To take the Pledge to end Senior Hunger, go to www.mowaa.org or contact Brenda Cathey at Seniors First, (530) 889-9500 ext. 206 for a form to sign. In addition, if you are interested in “Adopting A Senior” for the Meals on Wheels program, you may also contact Brenda for more information. ~ Staff report ---------- To take the Pledge to end Senior Hunger: www.mowaa.org (530) 889-9500 ext. 206