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St. Patrick's Day March to help feed hungry, homebound

BBN Photo/Heidi Dahms Foster<br> Mayer Meals on Wheels National March for Meals 2011.

BBN Photo/Heidi Dahms Foster<br> Mayer Meals on Wheels National March for Meals 2011.

Mayer Area Meals on Wheels will join with other senior nutrition programs throughout the country during March to bring attention to the problem of senior hunger, and to support the local program.

Despite its name, Mayer Area Meals on Wheels doesn't serve only seniors and homebound in the Mayer area. Its volunteer drivers deliver meals from Dewey-Humboldt to Cordes Lakes, including Spring Valley and Poland Junction.

On St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, MAMOW's March for Meals will take place in Mayer. The event will begin with a hearty breakfast at 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Mayer Elders Center. The meal is $6, and the proceeds also will help MAMOW. Any walkers who raise pledges of $50 or more will get a free breakfast.

Anyone who wants to walk can pick up a pledge sheet at the Elders Center, and those who would like to raise pledges but not walk are also welcome to do so. All donations will benefit Mayer Meals on Wheels and will stay in the MAMOW's service area.

"Mayer Area Meals on Wheels is partially government funded, but not nearly enough to continue to serve our communities. We must rely on our communities for fundraising and donations," said MAMOW Director Mary Yorgensen. "We know senior hunger is a serious problem and we know it must be stopped. MAMOW is working every day to put an end to senior hunger by delivering nutritious meals and providing compassion to seniors in our communities."

Yorgensen said MAMOW served more than 39,000 meals in 2011.

Signup for the walk is at 7:45 a.m., with the two-mile walk starting directly after. Mayer Justice of the Peace Bill Rummer and his wife, Pat, will lead the walk this year.

To donate, volunteer for this year's walk, or to obtain a pledge sheet, call MAMOW at 928-632-7511.