Last month’s event “March for Meals” recognized federal legislation signed in March 1972 that helped create Meals on Wheels America programs nationwide. Alameda Meals on Wheels began in 1973 and has served hot, nourishing meals to homebound Alameda residents 365 days a year ever since.
In celebration of March for Meals 2019, Alameda Meals on Wheels invited Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda County Meals on Wheels Board Member Dave Neumann to help out.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft presented a proclamation on May 7 to Cindy Houts, executive director of the Alameda Food Bank (AFB), and Joe Johnson, coordinator of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for the National Association of Letter Carriers. The mayor noted that even working people are now turning to food banks for help as rents and other costs rise faster than wages. The postal workers dropped off collection bags in Alameda that day and picked them up Saturday, May 11, filled with donated non-perishable food items. All food collected in Alameda will stay in Alameda at AFB.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft will help kick off the 27th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Tuesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m., in front of Alameda City Hall, 2623 Santa Clara Ave.
“It is very gratifying to be Mayor to such a generous and compassionate community,” Ashcraft said. “The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a wonderful opportunity where in just one day, we can all join together to make a difference.”
Alameda City Council authorized the interim city manager to work with the Alameda Social Services Human Relations Board to finalize the city’s Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) at its Jan. 15 meeting.