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Local mayors riding along with Meals on Wheels

They're delivering meals while raising awareness for the program.
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Meals on Wheels is being delivered by the mayors this time round, as part of their Mayor for Meals awareness event.

The program is run by Community Support Connections, a local charity organization, that delivers nutritious meals to seniors and adults with disabilities in the area.

As part of their March for Meals event to raise awareness around food security for seniors and recruit volunteers, the charity has gotten local mayors and community leaders to take part in the deliveries.

Will Pace, Executive Director of Community Support Connections, said the program also tackles a bigger beyond food security.

"All of it in one way shape or form really touches on a much bigger issue, which is social isolation, and how many seniors we work with who are living alone and all these different programs we run, obviously they're great for physical and mental health, but so important is just that regular contact with human beings so they're not living alone."

He said it was important to get the mayors involved because it showed how important the program was. 

Among the people who have taken part are Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Regional Chair Karen Redman, Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin, and Waterloo Fire Chief Richard Hepditch.

Pace said many of their clients are seniors and adults living with disabilities who wanted to live in their homes "as long as possible with independence and dignity."

"Of course in many cases, these are seniors, they want to stay in their homes. They don't want to going to hospitals or long-term care homes and this is just one of the many services we do that make sure that they're healthy and they're happy in their own homes."




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