On Wednesday, 3/23, Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels program held our annual "Mayors for Meals" event. The event is actually coordinated nationally with our sister agencies in the Meals on Wheels Association of America, with thousands of public officials participating to show their support for senior nutrition services.
Officials from 6 of our South San Mateo County cities, along with officials of the Sequoia Health Care District and San Mateo County (which support our MOW program), participated in packing and delivering Meals on Wheels to their constituents. Participating were:
- Jim Dobbie, Mayor of Atherton
- Jerry Carlson, Council Member Atherton
- Carlos Romero, Mayor of East Palo Alto
- Richard Cline, Mayor of Menlo Park
- Ted Driscoll, Mayor of Portola Valley
- Alicia Aguirre, Vice Mayor of Redwood City
- Omar Ahmad, Mayor of San Carlos
- Ron Romines, Mayor of Woodside
- Anne Kasten, Council Member Woodside
- Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor District 3
- Lee Michelson, CEO Sequoia Healthcare District, and District Board Members: Jerry Shefren, Kim Griffin, and Kathleen Kane.
- Marsha Fong, Manager San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services and Fel Amistad, San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities
This is great fun for our diners! They get the honchos from their communities coming right to their doors and handing out the delicious meals. How often can you say that?
We can, every year.
The beauty of Mayors for Meals is that it's the most direct way that you can get a feeling for the real value of the most basic public service of all: food. It's a reminder to our officials, as one of our speakers so beautifully put it, about the people they almost never see in public meetings: the shut-ins who are among the most vulnerable people in our towns.
We are so pleased to host this effort each year and we're grateful to the mayors and officials who did their part – they really delivered!
Here are some great story links for you from our friends at Patch.com and InMenlo.com:
About Peninsula Volunteers
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is a pioneer in senior services and was the first volunteer organization to receive a HUD grant to develop and build low-income senior housing in the United States. For 64 years, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging in South San Mateo County, which have allowed seniors to pursue long, healthy and useful lives. Each year, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. delivers over $5 million in services, including over 150,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound, and touches over 4,500 households through its programs: Meals on Wheels; Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center; Rosener House Adult Day Services; and Peninsula Volunteer Properties, Inc. The latter provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park at Crane Place and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments.