Mayor Anderson delivers the goods
Some local seniors received a special treat yesterday when Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson arrived at their door steps to deliver lunch.
“This isn’t politics, this is just doing good,” Anderson said. “It’s the stuff that mayors are supposed to be doing.”
Anderson joined Meals on Wheels driver Fred Van Trease for food deliveries in Truckee as part of the national annual event, Mayors for Meals.
Mayors for Meals was launched five years ago by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, and is now in its second year locally.
“It’s a means of raising awareness for the Meals on Wheels program across America,” Anderson said. “My job is simply to encourage support of the program.”
Locally, Meals on Wheels provides hot lunches to more than 40 home-bound citizens in Truckee and on the North Shore.
Deliveries are also now made to the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, since the kitchen at the senior center was destroyed by flooding in January and has not yet been repaired.
“I don’t think that a lot of people really understand the depth of the program and how hard everyone works to keep it going,” said former Truckee Mayor Beth Ingalls, who participated in Mayors for Meals last year.
Funding for Meals on Wheels doesn’t come easy. Just 30 percent of the cost is covered by the Area 4 Agency on Aging, according to meals coordinator Lisa Kuly.
The other local chapter must earn 60 percent of its annual budget from grants and fundraising.
Ingalls said delivering meals was one of the most memorable events from her time as mayor, and that she is glad to see the Mayors for Meals program continuing.
“All the people I got to meet are people I don’t get to see in Truckee because they are pretty much home-bound,” Ingalls said.
“So I welcomed the chance to connect with some of the seniors of our community.”
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