Despite the slippery and cold weather, Mayor George Pradel, who is serving his last term as mayor, was happy to volunteer at the 13th annual March for Meals event, designed to raise awareness for senior hunger.
“We really appreciate the support that Mayor Pradel has given the DuPage Seniors Citizen Council and the Meals on Wheels program,” said Teri Klein, Board President of DuPage Seniors Citizen Council.
Joining Teri was a longtime volunteer, Hank Verboomen. They spent the day going door-to-door delivering to those who are disabled, homebound or unable to prepare their own food. The Meals on Wheels program delivers to seniors each weekday, which is something that they depend on.
“We do this five days a week, 365 days a year and right now we’re probably doing 225,000 meals a year in DuPage County,” said Klein.
As a longtime supporter of Meals on Wheels, Mayor Pradel was recognized for his dedication throughout the years.
“It’s about reaching out to others and making them feel good and giving the message to them, what Naperville’s all about,” said Mayor George Pradel.
This is the 11th year that Mayor Pradel has been delivering Meals on Wheels and his hope is that the next Mayor will follow in his footsteps.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I do want to continue, and I hope that the people that are in office after me, I hope they’ll make that a priority too,” said Mayor Pradel.
Brown University research has shown that seniors who are recipients of meals are also seeing improvements in their health and quality of life.
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