Officials from cities, township and villages spent time recently helping to deliver meals to local residents as part of the annual Mayors for Meals event 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 Township administrator Pat Ungaro and trustee Jodi Stoyak, load meals into a vehicle in preparation for delivery at Trumbull Mobile Meals in Warren. Officials met at the TMM offices to volunteer their time delivering meals to area residents.
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.
Administrator Patrick Ungaro said it is great what everyone is doing collectively since it is helping people who are in need.
"I have a lot of respect for the people who volunteer their time to do this, " Ungaro 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. "This is a good way to get new volunteers out delivering so the same people don't have to drive over and over again."
People Power involves a group of six to eight employees working together who can share the delivery of one specific 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 with a schedule to be worked out.
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