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Local elected officials deliver meals to residents as part of national campaign

The Meals on Wheels Association has a national campaign going on throughout the month of March that involves the participation of local elected officials.

The Meals on Wheels Association has a national campaign going on throughout the month of March that involves the participation of local elected officials.

Amigos Del Valle is working with mayors from all over the Valley, who will be delivering meals to homebound participants.

"What we're trying to do is get our local officials to come out and see the work that we do and kind of push for that funding that is being considered as cuts with the national budget,” said Executive Director of Amigos Del Valle Alex Guerra.

Under the service of Meals on Wheels, Amigos Del Valle makes and prepares about 3,000 meals every morning. In addition, about 60 percent of the meals are delivered to homebound participants, like Maria Quintanilla and Arturo Tijerina of Edinburg.

"Because I can't walk very well and to drive to the store is a hassle for me,” said Quintanilla.

"I got heart surgery and another on my cheek and another one here on my knee and a hernia,” said Tijerina.

The nonprofit organization has more than a thousand people on its waiting list who need meals delivered to their home and are hoping to raise awareness through the help of elected officials.

Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina delivered meals to community members on Wednesday and believes that he can address what he sees firsthand to the state and national level.

"If they don't hear what it does for our constituents, then they might not put it in the priority list,” said Molina. “If we speak out as elected officials and let them know how important it is, then I believe they'll reconsider."

Amigos Del Valle is always looking for volunteers and donations. If you’d like to learn more about their services, you can call them at 956-213-9400.

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