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    Jeanne Hakkila-Wills 2013 - croppedAging Matters in Brevard announced that Jeanne Hakkila-Wills was appointed Vice President of Mission Advancement, a key member of the leadership team. Her role will impact strategic decisions affecting the non-profit organization, which offers a wide variety of services to seniors.

    She comes with a broad background having spent eight years in Advancement Services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of their network and in raising capital to expand the program’s second campus.

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    February 10 USA Today Article: Meals On Wheels

    Spending cuts could derail Meals on Wheels

    ‘Program feeds homebound and disabled seniors, the USA’s ‘hidden hungry.’

    MELBOURNE, Fla. – While delivering food here every week, Meals On Wheels volunteer Charles Kuhn says he helps serve as “the eyes and ears” of eight struggling households in two mobile home parks.

    Meals On Wheels

    One man on his delivery route can no longer walk. Another is nearly deaf. And another seems “lost” after his wife moved into an assisted-living facility,” Kuhn said.“I’ve had situations where I’ve had to pick people off the floor,” said Kuhn, a retired Palm Shores financial officer who has delivered food the past six years.

    These homebound and disabled seniors behind closed doors are “the hidden hungry” across the USA, says Larry Tomayko, interim chief executive officer of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. (MOWAA). Now, Tomayko fears that his senior-nutrition organization is at risk.

    If congressional domestic-spending cuts take effect March 1, MOWAA faces an estimated 5.1% reduction in Older Americans Act funding, said Erika Kelly, assistant vice president for policy and legislation.

    “That would translate into an estimated 19 million fewer meals, and approximately 200,000 seniors would lose the congregate or home-delivered meals they depend on for an entire year,” Kelly said.

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