Mayors for Meals comes to Anchorage

Anchorage mayor delivers meals as part of The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program.

by Jenni Ragland – 

Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich recently went on the road with The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program (OAP) to help deliver meals to frail, home bound seniors. Begich was one of 433 mayors across the country participating in the annual Mayors for Meals event.

“Having the mayor delivering meals was a special treat for our clients,” shared Susan Faith, director of the OAP program. “Many of our seniors have fond memories of the mayor’s father, who served as a U.S. Congressman, so they felt a special connection,” Faith continued. While each of the clients was excited to greet the mayor, Evelyn Handy was particularly thrilled and shared fresh oregano from her herb garden and a CD of Christian music for his family.

On an average day, The Salvation Army in Anchorage delivers nearly 300 meals to homebound seniors. Another 100 meals are served at four community sites. Light housekeeping, case management services and specialized transportation assistance complement the feeding programs. Annually, more than 900 seniors in Anchorage receive services from The Salvation Army.

Estimates are that by 2025 seniors will account for 20 percent of Alaska’s population, compared to eight percent in 1999. As the number of seniors in Alaska continues to steadily increase, the demand for services provided through the Army’s ministry will become even more significant.

The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program actively serves in the community, “doing the most good.”

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