Coweta County's mayors support Meals on Wheels

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Public officials helping to deliver meals as part of a national recognition of the Meals On Wheels program are, from left, Haralson Mayor Ted Bateman, Mayor Pro Tem Tony Crunkleton of Turin, Mayor Wendell Staley of Sharpsburg, Mayor Jim Sells of Grantville, Councilman Larry Owens of Senoia and Mayor Keith Brady of Newnan.

By JOHN WINTERS john@newnan.com Mayors from throughout Coweta County delivered meals to home-bound residents on Wednesday as part of a national program honoring the Meals On Wheels program. The mayors were accompanied by Meals on Wheels volunteers as they went throughout the county.
"This is a day when mayors across the country deliver meals to clients," said Peggy Holloway, a member of the board of directors for Meals On Wheels of Coweta. "They will get to see how it works first-hand." Winston Dowdell, vice president of the organization, said he was "extremely pleased to have the mayors of the towns of Coweta participating." Dowdell said the mayors' involvement would help highlight the program and hopefully bring in more volunteers. Before delivering began, mayors or representatives from six Coweta communities spoke, praising the organization and its volunteers. "It's been a very fulfilling part of my life," said Senoia Councilman Larry Owens. "You really see the needs out there and how important Meals On Wheels is in the community. We're glad to do what we can to help." Sharpsburg Mayor Wendell Staley recalled his mother used to deliver meals. "The friendships she built out in the community were tremendous," Staley said. Tony Crunkleton, mayor pro-tem of Turin, summed up what others said by adding, "without the volunteers, all this would not be possible. Keep up the good work." Other mayors or representatives who participated were: Keith Brady, mayor, Newnan; Jim Sells, mayor, Grantville; and Ted Bateman, mayor of Haralson. The local chapter is supported by donations form the community and grants from United Way; no public funding is received. The organization's current funding and staffing levels are too low to support more clients, and the Coweta chapter is asking the community to help so it can expand its program.


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