Meals on Wheels has recruited local community leaders and elected officials to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens for the seventh annual March for Meals week held March 20-24, 2017. Twenty-nine community leaders from various cities will speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.
“Now more than ever, we need elected officials to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Scott McBeth, director of the Mountainland Aging and Family Services Department. “Our ability to meet the needs of the seniors in our communities lies in the willingness and support of our elected officials and community supporters.”
Meals on Wheels in Utah County relies heavily on federal, state and local government funding. The event aims to show elected officials firsthand the benefit of supporting this program.
“Seniors in our community rely on these meals and the visits from those who deliver them,” said McBeth. “Both are equally nutritious, just in different ways.”
The elected officials will join Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver the lunches. Volunteers are a vital part of the success of Meals on Wheels. Currently, a small army of more than 300 volunteers deliver 50% of the meals in Utah County.
March For Meals is a national campaign initiative by Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) which seeks to raise awareness and to encourage action on the part of the local community. This is the seventh year Meals on Wheels at Mountainland Association of Governments has participated in this event.
About Meals on Wheels:
Meals on Wheels helps seniors maintain their independence by providing hot, nutritious lunches. The program serves more than 550 seniors daily. In 2016, Meals on Wheels provided more than 138,000 meals to 1,270 different seniors in Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties. The program enlists more than 300 volunteers to accomplish these efforts.
For media inquiries, contact Stephanie Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-472-6757.
Participating Community Leaders
|Utah County||Wasatch County||Summit County|
|Alpine City Councilman Lon Lott||Charleston Mayor Bob Kowalllis||Coalville Mayor Trever Johnson|
|American Fork Mayor J.H. Hadfield||Daniel Mayor Chip Turner||County Councilmember Glenn Wright|
|Cedar Hills Mayor Gary Gygi||Midway Mayor Colleen Bonner||County Councilmember Kim Carson|
|Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra||Wallsburg Mayor Celeni Richins|
|Highland Mayor Mark Thompson||County Councilman Mark Nelson|
|Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson||County Councilman Kendall Crittenden|
|Lindon Mayor Jeff Acerson||County Councilman Danny Goode|
|Orem Mayor Richard Brunst||County Councilman Mike Peterson|
|Mapleton City Council Jim Lundberg|
|Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels|
|Provo Mayor John Curtis|
|Santaquin Mayor Kirk Hunsaker|
|SS City Council Shellie Baertsch|
|SS City Mayor Jim Miller|
|SF City Council Stacy Beck|
|Springville Mayor Wilford Clyde|
|County Commissioner Bill Lee|
|UVU President Matthew Holland|