In de­fense of Meals on Wheels

Springfield Sun - - OPINION -

To the Editor:

Good morn­ing, Con­gress­men Bredan Boyle and Scott Hep­pard. Your visit yes­ter­day to the Se­nior Adult Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter (SAAC) was in­for­ma­tive and heart­en­ing. Both of you un­der­stood our pro­grams and the ne­ces­sity of pre­serv­ing Meals on Wheels (MOW). The naive as­sump­tion of al­ter­nate facts that MOW has not been proven ef­fec­tive is not only ab­surd, but mean-spir­ited. Just let the naysay­ers talk with you about the value of the program and the dev­as­ta­tion to a wide swath of our so­ci­ety if it is not main­tained to serve those in need. We all get old, and not ev­ery­one has the re­sources and/or phys­i­cal abil­ity to mo­bi­lize them­selves in the mar­ket­place to sus­tain all of their needs. MOW helps those se­niors, and an un­der­ly­ing ben­e­fit is the per­sonal at­ten­tion given to the re­cip­i­ents by the vol­un­teers who de­liver one hot and one cold meal daily. SAAC de­liv­ers to more than 330 se­niors. Ask the leg­is­la­tors who are ad­vo­cat­ing cuts for MOW how of­ten they visit their el­derly par­ents, aunts, un­cles and oth­ers who were in­stru­men­tal in their for­ma­tive years. Not ev­ery day like the MOW vol­un­teers. Phone calls and tex­ting do not count for that per­sonal touch, and they know it. Our se­niors thrive on that in­ter­ac­tion that does not nec­es­sar­ily come from their fam­ily. Some is­sues are so clear that it is vex­ing to ob­serve the peo­ple in power want­ing to re­duce or pos­si­bly elim­i­nate such a program that Makes Amer­ica Great. And, Bren­dan and Scott, if they per­sist in their quest to cut MOW’S fund­ing, please show them the pic­tures you put on your Face­book pages and ask them to visit SAAC or any one of the 5,000 pro­grams in the United States. That’s right: 5,000, serv­ing more than 2,400,000 se­niors.

Please leg­is­la­tors, have com­pas­sion, con­science and the good sense to main­tain MOW into per­pe­tu­ity. Her­man Ax­el­rod, Ph. D. Mont­gomery Adult Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter

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