Picente: Oneida County Office for the Aging Hosts Mayors for Meals Day on March 18th

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that the Oneida County Office for Aging Senior Nutrition Program announced today that they will be holding Mayors For Meals Day as a part of their March For Meals campaign and to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

A combination of local mayors, town supervisor and county legislators have volunteered to help out at a congregate dining site, make deliveries at a senior apartment building or go out on one of the home delivered meal routes to show their support for the community’s seniors.

Picente said he will be joined by Mayor James Brown of the City of Rome, Mayor David R. Roefaro of the City of Utica, New York Mills Mayor Robert Maciol, Boonville Town Supervisor Guy Case, Westmoreland Town Supervisor Gregory M. Sydoriw and Deputy Trenton Town Supervisor Betsy Mack; Oneida County Legislators: Legislator of 12th District Michael Clancy, Legislator of 27th District Joseph Furgol, Legislator of 11th District Martin Kernan and Legislator of 3rd District Edward Stephenson, Congressman Arcuri’s Representatives Joseph Johnson and Peter Scalise, Assemblyman Townsend’s Representative, Patty Holst and Oneida County OFA/OCC Advisory Board Member, Donna Gillette.       
March For Meals is a national campaign, in which Oneida County Office for Aging Senior Nutrition Program is a participant, to raise awareness of senior hunger, and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Senior nutrition programs across the United States 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 officials.
Incapacitated adults aged 60 or older, may be eligible to have meals brought to their door on one of the Senior Nutrition Program’s 52 Home Delivered Meal routes. Lunches are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:30 and 1:30. Breakfast and weekend meals are also available for nutritionally at risk individuals. All Home Delivered Meal recipients receive a copy of the Prime Time monthly newsletter which has the month’s menu and nutrition news. Delivery of meals also serves as a daily monitoring system for all recipients. Delivery personnel check on each person’s well being and status. In the event that there is no response, someone is found be unwell, or in an emergency situation the Office for Aging is quickly notified for follow-up and necessary action. On several occasions this monitoring process has saved the life of a person who has fallen or become ill. For some isolated, homebound seniors the friendly delivery driver is their only social contact.
Thirteen Congregate Dining Sites throughout Oneida County offer a tasty and nutritious midday meal on weekdays to adults aged 60 and older. In addition to companionship and a good meal there are also learning and entertainment opportunities. Many sites offer scheduled activities and programs.
During the course of the year the Senior Nutrition Program provides over 372,745 meals to seniors around the county.
Although a nominal contribution is appreciated for Home Delivered and Congregate Meals, no-one aged 60 or over is turned away due to an inability to contribute. Donations to support the services provided by the Senior Nutrition Program may be made in conjunction with the National Mayors for Meals Campaign. Private and corporate donations may be sent to:
OFA/OCC Senior Nutrition Program
Oneida County Office For Aging/Continuing Care
235 Elizabeth Street
Utica, New York 13501