COOKEVILLE – The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s nutrition program will be celebrating “Community Champions Week” as a part of its annual March for Meals celebration. Local city and county mayors across the 14-county region will be participating to show their support for Meals on Wheels and the Upper Cumberland’s isolated and hungry seniors during the third week of March.
Putnam County Executive Randy Porter, Baxter Mayor Jeff Wilhite, Algood Mayor Scott Bilbrey, Monterey Mayor Bill Wiggins and Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, along with UCHRA board members, advisory board members and local volunteers, will participate, said Kelly Dishman, director of field operations/nutrition program for UCHRA.
Jean Smith, Putnam County coordinator, will be working with the elected officials to deliver meals to the homebound throughout Putnam County. Each year, the program brings awareness to the home delivered meal program UCHRA provides to the senior and disabled across the Upper Cumberland region. Last year, the UCHRA nutrition program served an average of 742 clients home-delivered meals each month.
March for Meals is a nationwide celebration during the month of March, organized by Meals on Wheels America, which seeks to raise awareness for not only the vital network of Meals on Wheels programs operating in virtually every community across, but also the needs of the seniors they collectively serve.
For more information, visit the “UCHRA Nutrition” Facebook page.