Community leaders to help deliver meals

By Stacy Kess

March 11, 2014

Delaware County officials and community leaders will deliver meals to homebound seniors March 17.

The special guest delivery drivers for Meals on Wheels is part of the Council for Older Adults Community Champions Week, a celebration of the national March for Meals campaign.

“(March for Meals) is basically a concentrated effort to bring attention to seniors and hunger of seniors,” said Toni Dodge, nutrition program manager at COA. “We’ve been fortunate to have local mayors and county commissioners involved in our program in the past, and the national March for Meals event is an excellent way to raise awareness in the community.”

March for Meals is an event created by the national Meals on Wheels program to raise awareness to homebound and hungry seniors throughout the month. Meals on Wheels regularly delivers to seniors in Delaware County, but COA invites the county officials to shine a spotlight on the program and its cause.

“Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program that represents, I believe, how the rest of us should strive to be on any given day,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien, who will be participating on March 17. “Giving back, looking out for one another - that’s the kind of community I want to be a part of, the kind of neighbor I want to be.”

County Auditor George Kaitsa will also be helping out on March 17.

“Volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program enables me to demonstrates the importance of this program for our community and for the senior citizens that it serves,” he said. “I admire the many volunteers at the Council for Older Adults who work on a daily basis to provide these nutritious meals to our older adults and to brighten the day of many of them through the home visit.”

Dodge said it gives officials “a bird’s eye view of the Meals on Wheels world and what it means to the seniors who get these meals.”

Mayors from around the county, county commissioners and other officials will be delivering meals, working in the kitchen or helping out in the dining centers, she said.

Kaitsa said it’s more than just delivering food; it’s “an opportunity to visit with our senior citizens as the meals are being delivered. “

On March 21, the Delaware County Hunger Alliance will share Meals on Wheels delivery duties with COA to show the agency partnerships.

Dodge said COA is inviting all community and business leaders in Delaware County to join in on March 19 to bring attention to the efforts of Meals on Wheels.

COA operates five dining centers around the county to provide seniors with low-cost meals in a social setting in addition to delivering meals. COA estimates it served 177,000 meals to seniors in 2013.

For more information on volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program, visit or call 740-363-6677.