In defense of Meals on Wheels
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