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Quigley Goes “Undercover” With Meals On Wheels

Sep 22, 2014
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley worked alongside Meals On Wheels employees in Franklin Park to prepare and package meals for delivery to local residents as part of his Undercover Congressman series. The series connects Rep. Quigley with constituents at their place of employment to better understand the daily challenges they face in their industry and community.

“Delivering nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks each day, Meals On Wheels plays an important role in the lives of seniors who want to continue living independently in their own homes,” said Rep. Quigley. “Congress would be wise to remember the incredible work being done by Meals On Wheels and groups like this across the country the next time House leadership asks us to consider another cut to SNAP and other food assistance programs.”

“Congressman Quigley has seen firsthand how Meals on Wheels programs are saving lives and taxpayer dollars every day,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. “Having helped prepare and deliver meals many times in the 5th District, he knows that Meals on Wheels enables our nation’s seniors to live healthier and more nourished lives in the comfort of their own homes.” 

Rep. Quigley Preparing Meals with MOW Volunteers

Rep. Quigley works with volunteers at Meals On Wheels in Franklin Park

Rep. Quigley with MOW Employees

Rep. Quigley with Lupe Borjon and Debbie Dolce, Meals On Wheels employees (L-R)

Each year more than 9.3 million Americans over the age of 60 face the threat of hunger, including 312,218 in Illinois. In Congress, Rep. Quigley has worked through the Appropriations Committee to maintain robust funding for nutrition programs that target seniors, including Meals on Wheels and local food pantries. He’s also opposed efforts to slash SNAP funding by $40 billion, which would deny meals to nearly four million Americans this year alone.

Since taking office in 2009, Rep. Quigley has performed a wide range of jobs as an Undercover Congressman, including cleaning animal pens as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo, packaging beer and cleaning tanks at a local brewery, pouring metal at a local metal refinery and delivering mail with United States Post Office.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest membership organization supporting the national network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The work of these programs – supported by two million volunteers – delivers a nutritious meal, a warm smile and a safety check that helps keep 2.5 million seniors healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes each year.