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National Mayors for Meals Day

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee announced that local Manatee County mayors will participate in the fifth annual “Mayors For Meals Day,” to be held on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 as part of the nationwide “March For Meals” campaign. The mayors will show support for their community’s seniors by helping to dish up and deliver meals from the Meals on Wheels PLUS kitchen.

On Mayors For Meals Day, mayors across the country will show their support for the Meals on Wheels program in their city by delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors. Last year’s Mayors For Meals campaign was a major success, with over 1,000 mayors across the country delivering meals. Among the mayors participating this year are: Anna Maria Mayor, Fran Barford; City of Palmetto Mayor, Shirley Groover Bryant; Holmes Beach Deputy Mayor, Sandra Haas-Martens; and City of Bradenton Mayor, Wayne Poston.

“Our mayors are in a unique position to assist Meals on Meals PLUS of Manatee in addressing the serious problem of senior hunger in our community,” says Ellen Campbell, President/CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS. “The purpose of the campaign is to increase public awareness and encourage action to end senior hunger, and we are grateful that our local mayors are lending their influence and voices to this crucial cause.”

The national “March For Meals” campaign was 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 Meals on Wheels PLUS, promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. The campaign takes place in the month of March because it was during this month that the law was enacted that included senior meal programs in the Older Americans Act.

About Meals on Wheels PLUS of ManateeSince 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Inc. has been providing nutritional assistance and caring services to individuals in their homes or in centers throughout Manatee County, helping them to continue to live independently. Over 60 percent of the Meals on Wheels PLUS funds must be raised through local donations, grants, and fundraising projects. For information on how to donate or volunteer, go to www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or call 941-747-4655.

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