“Mayors for Meals” is taking place during the month of March at Meals on Wheels affiliates across the nation. Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan participated in the March 19 event.
Meals on Wheels and Seniors First are celebrating by asking the mayors of Roseville, Auburn and Colfax to help volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors for one day.
Mayors for Meals is one of many campaigns organized by MOWAA as part of “We Are Meals On Wheels, So No Senior Goes Hungry,” the new campaign slogan as Meals on Wheels Association of America moves towards a future that is seeing exponential increases in the need for Meals on Wheels and other senior services across the nation.
According to a recent congressional survey, at least 8.3 million seniors face the threat of hunger; meaning one in seven seniors are threatened by hunger and of those seniors with low income, 90 percent suffer from food insecurities.
Eighty-seven percent of seniors on Meals on Wheels say the meals help improve their health, while 93 percent say Meals on Wheels means they can continue to live in their own home.
If the U.S. government sequestration cuts take effect, seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels and Seniors First’s other programs and services will likely feel the pinch. Seniors First will maintain its programs and services to the best of their abilities, but community help is needed to step up en sure the services continue, according to a Seniors First news release.
For more information on services, volunteering or making a tax deductible donation: Seniors First, 11566 D Ave., Auburn, CA 95603; (530) 889-9500; www.seniorsfirst.org.