Eleven Area Elected Officials Participate in Mayors Delivers Meals Day

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Waterbury, CT

New Opportunities, Inc. held a Mayors Deliver Meals Day on March 21, 2012 as part of its March for Meals Campaign. Eleven elected officials participated in the event to show their support for our community’s homebound seniors.

“We were very excited about the positive response we received from elected officials and their enthusiasm to participate in this event that shows their support for a program that helps senior residents maintain their independence in their own home,” said Lisa LaBonte, the Senior Nutrition Program Director.

Mayors Deliver Meals is a national campaign initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Participating elected officials included:

  • Robert A. Mezzo, Mayor of Naugatuck
  • John Hodge, First Selectman from New Fairfield
  • Patricia Murphy, Mayor of New Milford
  • Robert Chatfield, Mayorof Prospect
  • Natalie Ketcham, First Selectman from Redding
  • Ed Edelson, Jr, First Selectman from Southbury
  • Edmond Mone, First Selectman from Thomaston
  • Neil M. O'Leary, Mayor of Waterbury
  • Gerald Stromski, First Selectman from Woodbury
  • Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury
  • William Davidson, First Selectman from Brookfield

This year, Meals on Wheels programs across the country are also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA is the primary piece of federal legislation that authorizes and supports vital nutrition services. In this area the OAA provides funding for Congregate meals, Senior dine and Meals On Wheels.

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