Officials help deliver meals

WARREN – Officials from cities, township and villages spent time recently helping deliver meals to local residents as part of the annual Mayors for Meals event last week hosted by Trumbull Mobile Meals.

Sandy Mathews, executive director of TMM, said the Mayors for Meals has been held for seven years and gets public officials out into their communities while also helping TMM.

“They come right to your door with a meal and people can ask them questions about what is going on,” Mathews said.

Liberty Trustee Jodi Stoyak said she has been a regular volunteer for 12 years.

“I usually deliver meals with my friend who is also a volunteer. We enjoy the people who are always so grateful when we come to their door. We may be the only person that they see the whole day,” she said.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said its is important to bring awareness to the efforts of TMM.

“People need to be part of this and help others,” he said.

Liberty administrator Patrick Ungaro said what everyone is doing is great collectively since it helps people who are in need.

“I have a lot of respect for the people who volunteer their time to do this,” Ungaro said.

Cortland Mayor Curt Moll said he has delivered meals for the past seven to eight years.

“It’s fun, and it helps so many people out,” he said.

Mayors for Meals is part of the Meals on Wheels Association’s month-long March for Meals initiative. The national event raises awareness of senior hunger and for action on the part of local communities to volunteer and raise money for home-delivered meal programs.

Linda Amadei, a TMM volunteer, said the officials really show their support by doing this. She said people who receive meals get a surprise when they see their mayor, council member or trustee at their door.

Mathews said the People Power program is being introduced in March, which need volunteers from local businesses and governments agencies to help deliver meals close their place of work.

”We are reaching out to businesses and companies to see if their employees can help deliver meals on their lunch hour,” she said.

Mathews said Warren city has taken part in the program as has the W.D. Packard Music Hall.

“This is a good way to get new volunteers out delivering so the same people don’t have to drive over and over again,” she said.

People Power involves a group of sixto eight employees working together who can share one specific delivery route per week. Estimated time of delivery is an hour or less.

Mathews said the delivery routes would be close to the place of employees’ work, and a schedule can be worked out.

For information, call 330-394-2538.