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Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss delivers a meal to Dean Taylor. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Nutrition Program for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities recently held a Mayors For Meals Day as a part of its March For Meals campaign.County Mayor Mike Foster and Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss participated in the event to show their support for the community’s homebound and hungry seniors.“We are excited about having the mayors participate in our Mayors for Meals Day event,” said UCHRA Nutrition & Field Services Director Kelly Dishman. “We are so pleased with the outpouring of support we’ve received from Mayor Poss, Mayor Foster, and the entire DeKalb County community.”March For Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March.It was initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.Senior nutrition programs like the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Nutrition Program for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.Mayors For Meals Day is a component of March For Meals that utilizes the involvement of local mayors and other local elected officials. The program has become essential for thousands of elderly and persons with disabilities in the Upper Cumberland area.A well-balanced, nutritious noon meal is delivered daily by a friendly employee or volunteer that has a positive impact socially and nutritionally.The meals are approved by a Registered Dietician and meet the Dietary Reference Intake as established by the Food & Nutrition Academy of Sciences.The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national association and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America.They are the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based senior nutrition programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.