Alderman seeks help for Meals on Wheels building - Metro US

Alderman seeks help for Meals on Wheels building

Your grandparents, your family and friends — everyone knows someone affected by a shortage of space for Meals on Wheels, according to a city alderman.

Meals on Wheels is struggling to raise money for an important new 30,000-square-foot building, which will provide the space to keep up with demand, but the organization finds itself about $7.9 million short, says executive director Janice Curtis.

Ward 8 Ald. John Mar said his Nov. 2 motion to either purchase its building or provide the organization a loan to purchase a new building is a win-win situation at a critical time.

“This will not only keep people in their homes with food, but give back to one of our most vulnerable — our seniors. They have worked their whole lives and deserve this from us,” Mar said.

Mar said he hopes his fellow alderman agree and either purchase the new building and lease it back to the organization, or provide a loan.

“There are a couple of options but really it’s a win-win situation for us. This will not cost the taxpayers any money,” Mar said, adding thousands more in need could be served.

“Write your aldermen.”

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