Local Mayors Participate in Red Cross Mayors for Meals Day

Princeton, NJ, March 31, 2014 - As a show of support for the community’s seniors, Mercer County area mayors joined volunteers to deliver meals to Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients on March 27 during Mayors for Meals Day. 

Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton, Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor, Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh of West Windsor, Mayor Kelly Yaede of Hamilton and Mayor Peter Cantu of Plainsboro delivered meals and visited with Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients in their towns. 

“We’re pleased the mayors could join us to celebrate Red Cross Month and help bring awareness to the need for vital programs such as Red Cross Home Delivered Meals,” said Regional CEO Mathieu Nelessen.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey’s Home Delivered Meals Program delivers daily nutritious meals to those who are homebound and those unable to prepare meals for themselves in the Mercer County area. Last year the Red Cross delivered more than 44,000 meals to more than 175 clients in the Mercer County area.

Mayors for Meals Day is in support of March for Meals, a national campaign by the Meals on Wheels Association of America which coincides with March is Red Cross Month. The Red Cross is a participant in the March for Meals national campaign, which aims to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Mayors and other local officials deliver meals in March to show their support of their local senior nutrition program.

In recognition of March for Meals, Bottom Dollar Food presented a $2,000 donation to American Red Cross of Central New Jersey to support the Home Delivered Meals Program. Representatives from Bottom Dollar Food presented a check to the Red Cross and accompanied East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov in delivering a meal to a Home Delivered Meals client.

“Two things we’re passionate about at Bottom Dollar Food are providing our customers with unbelievable prices on groceries and working to eliminate hunger in our community,” said Earl Casler, store manager of Bottom Dollar Food’s East Windsor location. “We’re proud to make today’s donation during March for Meals and partner with the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey to support their Meals on Wheels program, which helps to provide food to our local seniors.”

For more information about the Red Cross Home Delivered Meals Program, including how to volunteer, visit redcross.org/Princeton or contact Brandon Verrault at (609) 951-2124 or brandon.verrault@redcross.org

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region:

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.


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