City officials to march for meals

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A large group of seniors at the Mount Shasta Senior Nutrition Center enjoy companionship and a balanced meal each weekday for a small donation – although no one is turned away for inability to pay. City leaders in our local communities are banding together for Mayors for Meals Day on March 18, to raise awareness of senior hunger in our area.

City officials, business owners and citizens will band together to show their support for senior nutrition on “Mayors for Meals Day,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

Meals on Wheels coordinators in Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir, Weed and McCloud will lead marches through the downtown areas to collect funds accumulated in special donation jars which have been placed in local businesses. If a business does not already have a jar of their own, they will be able to get one at that time.

Mount Shasta Mayor Tim Stearns, Dunsmuir Mayor Kathay Edmondson, Weed Mayor Pro Tem Dave Pearce, and City Manager Beth Steele of McCloud will personally deliver lunch to a homebound senior in their area.

“We are excited about having our city officials participate in this event,” said Meals on Wheels Auxiliary founder Dawn Fazende. “We hope to raise awareness of senior hunger in our community.”

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious and balanced meals to homebounds five days a week – at no charge to the recipient. The Senior Nutrition Program feeds seniors and those in need five days a week at the Senior Dining Center at the City Park for a small donation – though no one is turned away for not paying.

In recent years the government in Sacramento has cut the budget for these programs significantly, said Fazende, leaving local programs to fend for themselves in making up their deficits.

The Meals on Wheels Auxiliary was formed this year to help raise much needed funds for the food programs. Donations to the Auxiliary go directly to local seniors.

The community has responded with donations of food, equipment and some monetary donations, although more funds are needed, said Fazende.

For more information about how to donate, or to volunteer in your town, call Dawn Fazende at 926-1762.