Mayor Pro Tem Delivers Meals on Wheels to West U Residents

March 22, 2012

West U residents that rely on Meals on Wheels for a daily hot meal had a surprise visit from Mayor Pro Tem Susan Sample who made lunch deliveries Wednesday as part of the national March for Meals campaign.

From left, West U senior Services Manager Toby Brooks, West U Mayor Pro Tem Susan Sample, JCC Community Meals Director Timothy Stewart and Mari Okabayashi, Harris County Area Agency on Aging.

Sample spent about an hour delivering meals to three West U residents. The deliveries were coordinated by West U Senior Services and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (ERJCC), the agency that administers the Meals on Wheels program in the West U area.

Mayors in the Houston area were invited by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to join and support Mayors for Wheels, a component of March for Meals. On a designated day each March, mayors across the country deliver meals to seniors in their community. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about nutritional issues and highlight all local efforts made to meet the needs of seniors, such as Meals on Wheels.

“It was an honor to join other community leaders in serving meals to seniors and spreading the word about Meals on Wheels,” Sample said.

West U Senior Services regularly coordinates with ERJCC to meet the needs of homebound seniors.

Home checks by West U Senior Services and Meals on Wheels from ERJCC are just two examples of services provided by the agencies.

“We have a fantastic collaborative partner in West University Place Senior Services,” said Timothy Stewart, director of community meals at the ERJCC.

For more information about Meals on Wheels in the West University Place area, contact Timothy Stewart at 713-595-8178 or visit www.erjcchouston.org.

The ERJCC Houston’s Community Meals program and the annual Harris County-wide Thanksgiving H.o.M.E. Project are each sponsored by the Harris County Area Agency on Aging and its Area Planning Advisory Council, APAC. For more information about HC-AAA, call 832-393-4301.

For more information regarding March for Meals and the H.o.M.E. Project, contact Mari Okabayashi at mariokab9@aol.com or visit www.mowaa.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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