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Texas leader in fighting senior hunger elected to the Meals On Wheels Association of America Board of Directors

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Vinsen Faris, former President of the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas and Executive Director of Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, has been elected to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) Board of Directors.

Faris’ leadership role comes at a critical time.

Six million seniors – one in nine – face the threat of hunger in America, according to research (www.mowaa.org/research) sponsored by MOWAA.

The MOWAA Board governs the national organization which is committed to ending senior hunger in America by the year 2020.

Texas ranks #2 on MOWAA’s "Top Ten Senior Hunger States" list, based on the same research.

The list ranks the states (highest to lowest) based on the percentage of seniors in each state who are at risk of hunger.

The research also revealed that 8.9 percent of seniors in Texas - nearly one in ten - were food insecure between 2001 and 2007.

"I have seen first-hand that so many of Texas’ seniors depend on Meals On Wheels – bringing the food and companionship they need to survive," said Faris. "I know that senior hunger is a problem that also reaches far outside the borders of Texas.

"By serving on the MOWAA Board of Directors, I hope to improve the lives of seniors across the country."

"Vinsen Faris has stepped up to the plate to help MOWAA end senior hunger by 2020," said MOWAA CEO and President Enid Borden.

"He has dedicated his life to helping hungry and homebound seniors and I know he’ll bring his passion and dedication to our cause.

"I look forward to Vinsen serving a successful term on the MOWAA Board."

Faris was elected to the MOWAA Board of Directors this summer, and was sworn-in to begin his two-year term during MOWAA’s recent Conference in Atlanta.

In March of this year, the Board appointed Faris to fill an unexpired term – a position he held until his election.

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties

is a community benefit organization that serves needy elderly and disabled persons throughout Johnson and Ellis Counties. Founded in 1976, the organization currently serves more than 3,000 homebound persons per year in a two-county service area. Meals-on-Wheels provides home-delivered meals, transportation services, caregiver education, "Ani-Meals" pet food program, and information & assistance support to families with needy elderly and disabled family members. For more information, contact Meals-on-Wheels at 817-558-2840 or 972-351-9943, or online at www.servingthechildre nofyesterday.org.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. MOWAA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA Web site at www.mowaa.org.

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