Delivering a meal to Martha Markum, center, are Cannon County Executive, left, and Auburntown Mayor Roger Turney. Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick was unable to participate.
On March 21, 2012, hundreds of mayors and locally elected officials across the country helped deliver meals with their local Meals on Wheels Programs to homebound seniors in their communities. This is part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) campaign to bring awareness to and end senior hunger by 2020.
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) Home Delivered Meals Program asked area mayors and elected officials to get involved. “We asked our city, county mayors and state elected officials to help us deliver meals and see how the program not only brings a nutritious meal to our seniors and our homebound residents but also brightens their day,” stated Ruth Ann Woolbright, UCHRA Executive Director.
UCHRA’s Home Delivered Meals Program provided 191,691 meals during FY’11 and traveled 432,513 miles to deliver meals to families in the rural areas of the Upper Cumberland. “Our Mayors and state elected officials are to be commended for their continued support of the Nutrition program. This is the second year we’ve participated in the Mayors for Meals and it has been great for not only our meal recipients but also our officials who participate,” stated Linda Tramel, Field Services and Nutrition Director.
As a fundraiser to benefit the Nutrition Program, UCHRA is currently selling Cookbooks that are filled with local recipes to raise funds to provide emergency meals for up to 30 days to individuals who have been recently dismissed from a hospital and are in need of a hot nutritious meal during their recovery. “The Cookbook is filled with recipes passed down through generations from our mothers and grandmothers. We thank everyone who participated, especially staff and seniors at local Senior Centers throughout the area, for making the Cookbook possible,” stated Pam Redmon, Nutrition Project Director. The cost for the cookbook is $10.00.
Also, as a service to the Upper Cumberland area, the Nutrition Program sells Ensure throughout the year. For more details, please contact your local UCHRA office. Other than specialty items, the cost is $20.00 per case.
If you know someone who needs home delivered meals or would like to participate in Congregate Meals at our local Nutrition sites, please contact your local UCHRA office or call 931-528-1127. There are also self-pay and sponsored meal programs for those in need of a home delivered meal. Tax deductible donations to the Nutrition Program may be made by calling your local UCHRA office.
Funding sources for the Nutrition Program are the TN Commission on Aging and Disabilities, TN Department of Human Services, Emergency Food and Shelter, Community Services Block Grant, civic groups, local governments, individuals and United Way.