Elected Officials Participate in Community Champions Day
Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, announced today that as part of the 2014 March for Meals campaign, the department’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) program hosted Community Champions Day on Wednesday, March 19, at the nutrition sites located throughout Cattaraugus County. Formerly known as Mayors for Meals Day, Community Champions Day is a day when elected officials deliver Meals on Wheels along with the volunteers.
This year the following officials participated:
- Legislator James Boser,
- East Otto Town Supervisor James Beach,
- Ellicottville Mayor Charles Coolidge,
- Legislator Donna Vickman,
- Franklinville Mayor Robert Breton,
- Legislator/Little Valley Mayor Norman Marsh,
- Olean Mayor William Aiello,
- Legislator Linda Edstrom,
- Legislator Howard VanRensselaer,
- Legislator Susan Labuhn,
- and Legislator Paula Stockman.
“We are so very grateful for these local champions,” said Cathy Mackay. “They and our volunteers provide support for our programs not only on Community Champions Day, but throughout the entire year.”
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.
“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. “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.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program delivers over 500 meals each day to frail seniors in the community. A voluntary contribution of $3.25 per meal is suggested; however, no one is denied a meal for the inability or unwillingness to contribute. All inquiries regarding home delivered meals and volunteer opportunities can be made by contacting the Department of the Aging at 716-373-8032 or 800-462-2901.
Meals on Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories.