Rep. LoBiondo Announces New Meals on Wheels Legislation
Bill Seeks to Help Stop Senior Hunger
Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2) announced today that he will be introducing new legislation called the "Stop Senior Hunger Act of 2005." It is designed to reauthorize important senior nutrition programs.
"The Meals on Wheels program is an important part of the safety net that binds our communities together," said Rep. LoBiondo. "These efforts provide assistance for those who need extra help. Worthwhile initiatives like this one are easy to support, but we must be pro-active to ensure their success."
Congressman LoBiondo joined other volunteers from Salem County's Meals on Wheels program to help deliver food to area seniors as part of the national "March for Meals" campaign. The "March for Meals" campaign is designed to raise public awareness of senior nutrition issues, raise funds to enable local communities to continue to provide meal services, and recruit volunteers to assist in the delivery of those services to a growing elderly population. The Congressman was also joined by a representative from Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., which is a national corporate sponsor of the Meals on Wheels Association of America's "March For Meals" campaign.
The Salem County Meals on Wheels program last year delivered more than 53,000 meals last year, and volunteers drove more than 73,000 miles delivering these meals. Salem County Meals on Wheels Executive Director Sharron Schultz said senior nutrition programs are vital to area seniors. "We really appreciate the past and present support from Congressman LoBiondo. His continued help with the March for Meals campaign helps to promote the important work that we do. His new legislation will help give national attention to the nutritional needs of our growing senior population." Ms. Schultz is also on the National Meals on Wheels Association of America's Board and serves as Vice President of Membership Services.
The Meals on Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization representing senior meal programs in the United States. They are a non-profit association comprised of more than 750 local senior meal programs from communities throughout the United States.