Leading by example: East Texas mayors lend time, efforts to Meals On Wheels

Published on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 21:42 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner, rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com


Mayors from around East Texas and other community leaders gathered at Meals On Wheels to deliver meals and show support for the organization as part of its national 2014 March for Meals campaign.

“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” Mike Powell, Meals on Wheels Ministry President and CEO, said. “This month, we join in with Meals On Wheels organizations all over the country in promoting March for Meals, and we thank all of our elected officials and local celebrities for showing their support of what we do and who we serve.”

The event was sponsored in part by C. Michael Rogers, in memorial of Ms. Jane Fransen.

Currently, 19 mayors have committed to participating in the March 19th Mayors for Meals event including Harold Wells (Mayor, Gladewater); Gary Smith (Mayor Pro Tem, Longview); Ann Hall (Mayor, Chandler); Elicia Sanders (Mayor, Eustace); Paul Eaton (Mayor, Gun Barrell City); Delois Pagitt (Mayor, Malakoff); Tamra Brickey (Mayor, Tool); Damon Nichols (Mayor, Arp); Pam Frederick (Mayor, Bullard); Robert Nelson (Mayor, Lindale); Daryl Bowdre (Mayor Pro Tem, Tyler); Danny Hogden (Mayor, Whitehouse); Kathy Hoover (Gilmer, City Secretary); Richard Lawrence (Mayor, Canton); Cary Hilliard (Mayor Pro Tem, Canton); Billy Wilson (Mayor, Van); Mark Turner (Mayor, Wills Point); Orvin Carroll (Mayor, Alba); and John Pflug (Mayor, Winnsboro). Local media personalities include CBS 19’s Justin Earley, Lorri Allen, and John Adams; KETK NBC 56’s Marcus Bagwell, Teresa Sardina and Alexa Vogue; and KLTV Channel 7’s Dia Wall and Lane Lucky. Members of the Meals on Wheels Ministry Board of Directors and staff will also be out delivering special routes for the day.

March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, such as Meals on Wheels Ministry, promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

“Our Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines every day in the battle against senior hunger,” said Meals On Wheels Association of American President and CEO Ellie Hollander in the written release. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals On Wheels program and support our mission to end senior hunger in America.”

For more information on March for Meals, visit www.marchformeals.com .