This week's hero is another person making a long distance journey on foot for a good cause. His name is Phil Cihiwsky and he is walking across the country to draw attention to the need for continued funding for the Meals on Wheels program.
It is estimated that more than 8 million seniors are in danger of being undernourished based on their inability to cook or provide balanced meals for themselves. Meals on Wheels makes it possible for many seniors to remain in their homes and receive the proper nutrition.
Phil started out walking in San Diego in March and he hopes to end up in Maine in October. He is walking across the country to get the word out about the cuts in funding, as well as the need for donations and for volunteers. It's not just the meals that are important. "It's also very important for people to actually get out and deliver these meals, knock on the door and have a conversation." "It's that human element, the human contact, that's also part of the service of Meals on Wheels, checking up on seniors who may be home bound."
Meals on Wheels is a special program in that regard. Each meal is delivered personally into the hands of the client. It gives the delivery person a chance to make sure the senior is okay and it's also a chance to exchange a smile. Just to know that someone cares can make a big difference in the day of a home bound senior.
You can join Phil in his fight against senior hunger by donating to Meals on Wheels or by finding a local chapter that might be in need of volunteers. In addition to people needed to prepare and deliver the food, there is often a need for people who can do office work, make phone calls or assist at centers and during special events. Find a local chapter where you can lend a hand.
Do you know someone who takes action to raise awareness of community issues that need to be addressed? Nominate them for next week's AmericanTown's Hero.