March 21, 2014
To highlight Meals on Wheels and other senior services, Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker delivered a prepared meal to 68-year-old Gloria Mack at her apartment Wednesday.
"It's important to call attention to the needs of some our senior citizens and how programs like Meals on Wheels makes a positive difference in their lives," Bodker said. "People think Johns Creek doesn't have any people who need assistance, but we do."
As part of the national Mayors for Wheels program, the mayor gave Mack a microwaveable meal of turkey tetrazzini with mozzarella and Brussels sprouts. The Mayor and Mack visited about the challenges that face many of Johns Creek's senior citizens.
"It's nice to have the mayor deliver it," Mack said. "I'm very grateful to have it. Meals on Wheels is a good program."
Mack, who lives at Hearthside Johns Creek, has severe rheumatoid arthritis and can't cook. Her daughter provides many of her meals, but Meals on Wheels provides some welcome relief.
"There are a lot of aging adults who are hungry right now in North Fulton," said William Wideman, a board member for Senior Services North Fulton, which operates Meals on Wheels. "Even in nice facilities, for some people it can be a challenge."
Willi McDowell, care manager for Senior Services North Fulton, estimated the organization provides 27,000 meals a year for seniors in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs.
"Our program and programs like it avert far more costly health care alternatives often paid for through Medicare and Medicaid," McDowell said. "In doing so, we are saving significant taxpayer dollars and providing an important community service."