Mayor Smith of Silver Lake, Mayor Gray of Valley Falls and Mayor Miller of Oskaloosa delivered meals on the 18th to show their support for their respective community's seniors. Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten delivered meals on the 19th.
"We are excited about having Mayor Bunten, Mayor Smith, Mayor Gray and Mayor Miller participate in our event, said Jane Metzger, President and CEO. Metzger said she hoped Mayors for Meals Day would raise awareness of senior hunger in our two county area. "Mayors Bunten, Smith and Miller have been involved with our program in the past, and the national Mayors for Meals Day is an excellent way to continue our relationship."
March for Meals is a national campaign, in which Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson counties is a participant, to raise awareness of senior hunger, and to encourage action on the part of the local community through volunteerism or monetary donation.
Senior nutrition programs across the United States promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.