Mayors help feed hungry seniors

Posted by : Press release | On : March 23, 2012

From Staff Reports

Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt was one of several Henderson County mayors to ride with Meals on Wheels volunteers this week.

Thursday was Mayors for Meals day, a part of the annual March for Meals campaign “designed to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action at the local level,” according to the national Meals on Wheels organization.

The local Meals on Wheels is run from the Malakoff Community Center and is managed by Wanda Shackleford. The group delivers about 80 meals each Monday through Thursday starting at about 9:30 a.m. and finishing around noon. On Thursday volunteers carry an extra meal to take care of Friday.

Meals on Wheels is currently looking for volunteers.

Volunteers don’t have to be able to show up every day. If you can help out a couple hours one day a week, that would be great, Shackleford said.

The local outreach is part of Meals on Wheels Ministry, Inc., which is based in Tyler.

Meals on Wheels will be holding a Volunteer Appreciation Week April 9-13 and is requesting donated items for the volunteers.

“It is because of the generosity of the community and our volunteers that we are able to serve thousands of meals to those in need every day,” said Executive Director Mike Powell.

To volunteer or make a donation, please call Shackleford at 903-489-2291.