Local Delegates Participate in National 'Mayors for Meals' Day

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Local Delegates Participate in National 'Mayors for Meals' Day

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Several local elected officials took part in the national “Mayors for Meals” campaign Wednesday by delivering meals to the homebound elderly and disabled served through Meals on Wheels for Western New York.

According to a news release:

Mayors for Meals, a campaign sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, raises awareness of senior nutrition programs and educates the community on ways to get involved to help end senior hunger. Delegates supported Meals on Wheels for Western New York by partnering with meal delivery volunteers and personally hand-delivering meals to homebound residents in their district.

“Our volunteers are such an integral role of our organization. Each weekday, they travel more than 1,200 miles to deliver nourishing food to the homebound,” said Tara Ellis, president and chief executive officer at Meals on Wheels for Western New York.

Meals on Wheels for Western New York is one of the largest volunteer-based human service agencies in the region with more than 1,500 meal delivery volunteers. The organization seeks additional volunteers to help reduce the number of people being waitlisted to receive home-delivered meals.

“Through the support of local delegates, the vital service Meals on Wheels provides in our community is spotlighted,” Ellis said. “There is no greater time than now to become a volunteer and help enrich the lives of our homebound neighbors.”