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Your Views: Meals on Wheels support just one part of caring for our seniors

POSTED: May 23, 2014 1:00 a.m.

On behalf of the Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels program, I would like to thank Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum, Commissioner Jeff Stowe and Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan for their recent participation in the delivery of a meal and hope to homebound seniors in Gainesville and Hall County.

This May marks our country’s 51st Annual Older Americans Month. As a nation, we have committed to commemorating our seniors for the great contributions they have made to our communities, and to raise awareness about the challenges millions of them are facing.

May is also a month in which Congress debates funding for federal programs that include those vital programs that support our seniors and are contained within the Older Americans Act. These include programs such as Meals on Wheels, which deliver meals to the home or to places where seniors gather to dine, socialize and receive nutrition education and/or other preventive health services. This act is a virtual tax refund to Gainesville and Hall County as it is designed to return monies we have already sent to Washington back to our community to provide nutrition and other services to help our seniors extend their independent lives by staying fed, healthy and happy at home.

This month, we ask that older adults, their families, and all members of the community join us by contacting your U.S. representatives and senators. Please tell them to fund the Older Americans Act at the highest levels possible so that our community can continue to deliver nutritious meals to the rapidly growing numbers of seniors in need. In doing so, you will enable our elder neighbors to live longer and more independently in their own homes and save every American taxpayer from having to pay higher health care costs.

Research shows that failing to do so will saddle the country and our children with billions of dollars in unnecessary spending as investing just $1 in Meals on Wheels could save each of us up to $50 in Medicaid costs alone.

It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s common sense. We are very fortunate as a community that our local leaders get it!

Thanks again, gentlemen, for your recent involvement and to the bodies you represent for this vital ongoing support.

Milon Christman III
coordinator, Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels


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