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Area elected officials volunteer for Mayors for Meals

Several local elected officials volunteered at the North Are Meals on Wheels for the annual Mayors for Meals event that began Wednesday morning March 24.

In the assembly line, packing meals according to diet and allergy specifications, were North Syracuse Mayor Diane Browning and Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke.

Cicero Town Councilor Lynn Jennings helped with food preparation while his fellow town councilors, Jim Corl and Jessica Zambrano delivered meals on driving routes. Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra also assisted in driving deliveries.

During the Cicero Town Board meeting's closing comments session, Boyke and her fellow board members shared the positive experience they had at the NAMOW event.

NAMOW is located at 413 Church St. in North Syracuse.

Town Councilor Corl talked about what a great program NAMOW has been to the community. He said community members are not only receiving "nutritious hot meals," but for people who often times have few visitors, the visit with the volunteers could be a "highlight of their day."

An estimated 186 meals were delivered to local residents during today's efforts.

"The work can't be done without the volunteers," said Town Councilor Zambrano.

The Town Board emphasized the need for volunteers at NAMOW so that meal services can be provided.

"If you really want to feel like you've done something, go down there," Supervisor Boyke said.

On average NAMOW delivers around 200 meals to area residents, Boyke said.

After this morning's experience, Boyke said she "promised" she would be back.

For more information on volunteering at NAMOW or available services, call 452-1402.

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