CHEER Inc. will again be participating in the annual March for Meals National Campaign through Friday, March 22.
Elected officials and members of local communities are invited to deliver a meal to a homebound senior and then enjoy lunch afterward with seniors at one of the CHEER activity centers in Sussex County. This allows them to see firsthand the importance of the meal they deliver and have the opportunity to talk with seniors about how the meal benefits them.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will be in Sussex County for the occasion Wednesday, March 20. He will visit CHEER’s Georgetown Activity Center in the Adams State Service Building on South Bedford Street. Carper has been a supporter of this event for many years and enjoys mingling with the seniors.
Topping the visiting dignitaries list Thursday, March 21 will be Delaware Gov. John Carney. He will be joined by Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and state Legislature members Sen. Dave Wilson, R-Bridgeville, and Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown. County Councilman I.G. Burton III has also accepted the invitation to assist CHEER. All will gather at the Georgetown Activity Center to receive their instructions and delivery meals.
Arriving at CHEER’s Milton Activity Center on Route 16 on Thursday will be Mayor Ted Kanakos of Milton and Mayor Joni Reich of Henlopen Acres. They will deliver meals in the Milton vicinity. Business associates with the Sysco Corporation will also be available on Thursday to help with deliveries. Sysco partners with CHEER to support farm-to-table food products to make nutritious meals for seniors. Representing the food distribution company are District Manager Jason Welch and Robbie Justice.
Rounding out the week on Friday, March 22, for the March for Meals campaign will be Delaware State Treasurer Colleen Davis, who will deliver meals in the Georgetown area.
CHEER will also host its annual March for Meals fundraising dinners from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at all of its activity centers in Georgetown, Greenwood, Milton, Long Neck, Lewes, Milton, Ocean View and Roxana.
The purpose of these dinners is to make the public aware of what the home-delivered meal program is all about and to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program.
With every meal served, half of the proceeds will go to pay for the raw food for an additional senior meal. The dinners are open to the public.
For more information, call 302-515-3040 or go to www.cheerde.com.