Mayors Deliver Meals To Senior Citizens Disabled

03.18.09 | FL News Team

Today is Mayors for Meals Day. More than a thousand mayors from Tuscumbia, Alabama to Torrington, Wyoming and all states in the alphabet between will join the Meals on Wheels effort to provide food to senior citizens and the disabled. Organizers of the event have a twofold agenda:  To provide meals to those who need them but also increase community awareness about senior hunger. 

Meals on Wheels traces its roots all the way back to 1939 and the beginning of World War Two in Great Britain. Then called the Women's Volunteer Service for Civil Defense, meals were prepared for those who'd lost homes to German bombs. In the U.S. the first home-delivered meal program was started in Philadelphia in 1954 with nourishing meals provided to homebound seniors.

The program is essentially the same today meeting the dietary needs of people who don't require hospitalization but do need some help maintaining their independence. The organization is funded by citizen and corporate donations.