Originally Published: March 6, 2012 9:50 p.m.
Prescott Meals on Wheels will take part in "Mayors for Meals Day" as a part of its March for Meals campaign.
According to a news release from Meals on Wheels, Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall will participate in the event to show his support for the community's homebound and hungry seniors.
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 encourage action on the part of the local community.
This year, Meals on Wheels programs across the country are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act, a piece of federal legislation that authorizes and supports vital nutrition services to citizens age 60 and older.
Last year, the Prescott Meals on Wheels delivered 51,000 meals to homebound seniors and disabled clients. In addition, the organization served 17,000 meals in the Viola Jimulla dining room located in the Rowle P. Simmons Community Center.
"We thank these local leaders for stepping up to the plate and joining our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020," MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden said. "Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines of our battle and need support from elected leaders to continue providing the nutritious meals and human contact that our seniors so desperately depend on."