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Mayors for meals

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Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging announced today that it will be participating in Mayors for Meals Day as part of its March for Meals campaign. Twenty-five Mayors, Mayor Pro-Tems and City Council Members or Representatives from Hawkeye Valley's ten county service area will join over 1,000 mayors across the country to participate in this event to show their support for the older people in their community.

                Those participating in Hawkeye Valley's ten county area include Mayor Jon Crews (Cedar Falls), Mayor Pro-Tem Reggie Schmitt (Waterloo), Mayor Chad Deutsch (Evansdale), Mayor Bernie Jensen (Hudson), Mayor Rick Lubben (La Porte City), Mayor Lee Bossom (Quasqueton), County Supervisor Michael Ferreter (Buchanan County), Council Woman Brenda Baldwin (Dumont), Mayor Robert Haylock (Parkersburg), Mayor William Christensen (Greene), Mayor Darwin Sittig (New Hampton), Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Ribich (Waverly), Mayor Jack Stumberg (Grundy Center), Mayor Louis Schafer (New Providence), Mayor Jeremiah Andrews (Union), Mayor Norman Kulow (Hubbard), City Manager Ian Riggs (Eldora), Mayor Jerry Welden (Iowa Falls), Mayor Pro-Tem Bethany Wirin (Marshalltown), Council Woman Andrea Maxwell (Marshalltown), Mayor Loren Rickard (Brooklyn), Mayor Gordon Canfield (Grinnell), Mayor Susan Holubar (Montour), Mayor Chris Bearden (Tama), and Mayor Pamela Wood (Toledo).

                "We are excited about the level of participation we have received for our event," said Sally Myers, Associate Director of Program Services for Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging.  "We hope that by raising awareness of our program no older person will go hungry."

                In a study conducted by the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and the Iowa State University, it was found that from 2001 to 2005 over 5 million people over the age of 60 - 11.4 percent of all older people - experienced some form of food insecurity. Of these, about 2.5 million were at-risk of hunger. The study also found that hunger issues were present in both urban and metropolitan areas, in all demographic groups and cut across the income spectrum.

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging offers both congregate and home delivered meals to people age 60 and over on a contribution basis. If you would like more information about Hawkeye Valley's meal program, call the Senior Help Line toll free at 877-538-0508. If you would like to volunteer to help deliver meals, please call Hawkeye Valley at 319-272-2244.    

HVAAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving elders in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. HVAAA coordinates services for people ages 60 and older and their caregivers to maintain the independence they desire. Some of the services provided by HVAAA include home delivered meals, caregiver support and respite services, case management services, congregate meals, public information and education, Senior Helpline, and advocacy.

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