Congressman Hank Johnson, of Georgia's Fourth Congressional District joined Senior Connections Chief Executive Officer, Debra Furtado, and Board Vice-Chair Walt Bryde, today to deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors in his district.
Monday through Saturday, Senior Connections staff and volunteers deliver meals to seniors throughout DeKalb County, in addition to delivering meals to other service agencies throughout Metro Atlanta and Middle Georgia. The agency's kitchen in Chamblee, Georgia, produces 15,000 meals weekly for distribution to low-income seniors.
"As our population ages, the price of food and fuel rises and public resources dwindle, it's organizations like Senior Connections and its army of volunteers that make a huge difference in our communities," said Rep. Johnson, delivering meals to seniors in the central DeKalb area that includes Decatur and the City of Atlanta. "We know that over 10 percent of our seniors in Georgia are going hungry, and that's unacceptable. Georgia ranks near the bottom in senior hunger -- 7th worse state as compared to all other states. Meals on Wheels provides us a vehicle to combat senior hunger, improve health and save lives."
In his third term as U.S. Representative for Georgia's Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, hard-working legislator who delivers results for his constituents. His efforts on behalf of his senior constituents include work on health care reform. He has championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and support for public safety. Georgia's 4th Congressional District includes portions of DeKalb, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta.
"Congressman Johnson is a frequent visitor to the DeKalb County Senior Centers and the Senior Connections' offices. He's very aware of the state of services available to the elderly in Georgia and he has been a staunch supporter for their rights," said Debra Furtado, Senior Connections chief executive officer. "When I asked many of our elected officials to deliver meals -- to see firsthand the conditions for many seniors in our area -- it didn't surprise me that Congressman Johnson was one of the first to respond and to join me on a route."
The route was delivered out of Decatur First United Methodist Church, one of three meal sites operated by Senior Connections. Meals include a number of therapeutic options including diabetic, renal and low-sodium.
"For many receiving meals, the volunteer delivering the meal may be the only human interaction that senior has for the day," Ms. Furtado continued. "For Congressman Johnson and our volunteers, it is important to see how critical the home and community-based services provided by Senior Connection are. His continued support of the Older Americans Act, the source of much of the funding for local senior program, is very much appreciated."