Mayors for Meals Day with the Red Cross

(Left to right) Mayor Peter Cantu of Plainsboro, Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor and Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton gather at the Red Cross of Central New Jersey to learn about the Home Delivered Meals program before heading out to deliver meals to clients as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month. Also pictured, Red Cross Director NJ State Government Affairs Axel Miranda (right).

(Left to right) Mayor Peter Cantu of Plainsboro, Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor and Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton gather at the Red Cross of Central New Jersey to learn about the Home Delivered Meals program before heading out to deliver meals to clients as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month. Also pictured, Red Cross Director NJ State Government Affairs Axel Miranda (right).

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

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Mayor Cantu delivered a meal to and visited with Home Delivered Meals client Margarite Cornish of Plainsboro.

Mayor Peter Cantu of Plainsboro delivers a meal to Red Cross Home Delivered Meals client Margarite Cornish as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month.

Mayor Peter Cantu of Plainsboro delivers a meal to Red Cross Home Delivered Meals client Margarite Cornish as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month.

“I’m very appreciative of the meal and the volunteers,” said Cornish.

During their visit, Cornish told Mayor Cantu and Red Cross volunteer Julia Nemtsova stories about her late husband and their eight children and 17 grandchildren.

“The clients have great stories,” says Nemstova.

Mayor Mironov presented a proclamation during Mayors for Meals Day to the Red Cross in honor of Red Cross Month.

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 presented a check to the Red Cross and accompanied East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov in delivering a meal to a Home Delivered Meals client.

Bottom Dollar Food representatives present a check for $2,000 to Red Cross Meals at Home/Weekend Mobile Meals Coordinator Brandon Verrault (left) to support the Home Delivered Meals Program.

Bottom Dollar Food representatives present a check for $2,000 to Red Cross Meals at Home/Weekend Mobile Meals Coordinator Brandon Verrault (left) to support the Home Delivered Meals Program.

“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.”

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 of Central New Jersey delivered more than 44,000 meals to more than175 clients in the Mercer County area.

Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton chats with Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients Beverly and Kenneth Arnott after delivering a meal as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month.

Mayor Liz Lempert of Princeton chats with Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients Beverly and Kenneth Arnott after delivering a meal as part of Mayors for Meals Day during Red Cross Month.

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.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Home Delivered Meals Program helps homebound and elderly residents maintain independent, healthy life styles by providing a warm, nutritious meal delivered by dedicated Red Cross volunteers. Individuals with

Mayor Mironov (left) presents a proclamation during Mayors for Meals Day to the Red Cross in honor of Red Cross Month. Also pictured, Red Cross Director NJ State Government Affairs Axel Miranda (right).

Mayor Mironov (left) presents a proclamation during Mayors for Meals Day to the Red Cross in honor of Red Cross Month. Also pictured, Red Cross Director NJ State Government Affairs Axel Miranda (right).

mid-day availability can volunteer at their convenience – one or five days per week orone day a month – which they schedule according to their availability to deliver meals to local seniors. For more information on how you can volunteer, visit redcross.org/northjerseyregion or contact Red Cross Coordinator Brandon Verrault at (609) 951-2124 or brandon.verrault@redcross.org.

Read more about the Red Cross of Central New Jersey Home Delivered Meals Program.

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