Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 21, 2013

Area officials roll up sleeves in ‘Mayors For Meals’ campaign

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens —

Meals on Wheels Ministry (MOWM) announced today that it will be holding Mayors For Meals Day as a part of its March For Meals campaign. Mayors from all over the six county MOWM service area will be participating in the event to show (his/her) support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.

Participating Mayors to date include: Mayor Deby S. Frye (Wills Point); Mayor Cary Hilliard (Canton); Mayor Billy Wilson (Van); Mayor Carolyn Jones (Winnsboro); Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Evans (Quitman); Mayor Bo Whitus (Mineola); Mayor Nancy Church (Big Sandy); Mayor Harold Wells (Gladewater); Mayor Pro Tem Mark Whatley (Tyler); Mayor Robert Nelson (Lindale); Mayor John Whitsell (Troup); Mayor Damon Nichols (Arp); Mayor Paul Eaton (Gun Barrel City); Mayor Elicia Sanders (Eustace); Councilman Nelson Wright (Tool); Mayor Delois Pagitt (Malakoff); Mayor Danny Hogden (Whitehouse); Mayor Jerry Miller (Yantis); and Mayor Pro Tem Ann Hall (Chandler).

March For Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), which seeks 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 MOWM, promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.  Mayors For Meals Day is a component of March For Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials. 

Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves over 3,000 seniors and homebound individual 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.mealsonwheelseasttexas.org.