Mayors for Meals

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

Mayors from towns across the U.S. got out of their offices Wednesday, doing work that's not usually in their job description-- delivering food to the elderly. Several Texoma mayors also took part, helped by local chapters of Meals on Wheels. Daniel Gotera has more.

The Meals on Wheels program delivered their first meal to a home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954.

Fast forward fifty years and you will still see volunteers handing out lunches and dinners to the elderly who can't get out. On Wednesday, local mayors became some of those volunteers.

All morning long, from Bonham to Gainesville and Sherman, mayors and city leaders put down their political hats and gave a little of their time to help feed their residents.

One of those residents is Doris Paris, who has known Sherman mayor Bill Magers for a long time, but on Wednesday, she saw him in a different light as one of the many volunteers who bring food right to door steps across Texoma.

"These folks if you see them face to face their very appreciative and it’s a meal that they wouldn't have gotten otherwise so it’s a great feeling," Magers says.

Mayor Magers is the chairman of the Tri County Senior Nutrition Program, the group responsible for meals on wheels in North Texas.

Officials say the program is doing well both with the number of volunteers and financially. They say that's surprising, considering four out of every ten meals on wheels programs across the country are close to filing for bankruptcy.

"This is something that a mayor does for one day but there are people and volunteers all around Fannin County who do this every day who take these meals out day in and day out to these folks and it means a great deal to them," Bonham mayor Roy Floyd says.

Getting officials out there today was the goal of the program.

"It’s showing support in our community and its showing they support our program and their interested in it and that’s the word we want to get out to everybody," program director Kathey Scott says.

"I knew there was going to be a man delivering it today. I never thought there’s lots of them that deliver it, it didn’t matter just as long as they brought the lunch," Bonham resident Lorene Clements says.

If you would like to volunteer to be delivery person for meals on wheels, officials say they would love to hear from you. They can be reached at the Tri-County Senior Nutrition Project at 903-786-3351

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