Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Heinrich delivers holiday meals 'on wheels'

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich and his son Micah visit with 102-year-old Blanche Barney
after delivering a holiday meal to her home.

Hunger is a critical issue not only in Albuquerque but nationwide. In fact, a recent AMA report revealed that 1 in 2 children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives. Hunger is also a problem for seniors.

Today, Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is home for the holidays, spent part of his morning helping the Meals on Wheels program deliver holiday feasts to seniors in their homes.

Meals on Wheels in Albuquerque was founded by a group of women in 1972 -- based on a similar program in the Midwest.

In the beginning only 20 clients were served, but the service has grown and it now delivers more than 140,000 meals annually.

It provides nutrition, with home delivery, to people unable to prepare their own meals.

Not just for Seniors

Meals on Wheels serves anyone of any age who needs us. Some of their clients are recovering from surgery and only need our services for a few weeks up to seniors -- including 102 year old Blanche Barney who visited with Heinrich on his deliver stop this morning.

Heinrich toured the Meals on Wheels site before heading out and met the group's army of volunteers who deliver meals each day.

Heinrich learned that the group's clients love that someone is checking on them everyday to make sure that not only are their dietary needs being met, but that they are safe and healthy and not in medical distress.

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