Community Champions Help Raise Awareness for Senior Services of South Sound and the Needs of our Senior
From March 18 to 22, we are celebrating the 2019 March for Meals Community Champions Week. Across the country this week, Meals on Wheels programs have enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.
The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.
“We commend all of our 2019 Community Champions for stepping up in support of Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”
At Senior Services, over 120,000 meals will be provided to seniors this year! And while it’s critical to deliver food to our homebound seniors, it’s also an important opportunity to connect with them to check on their health and wellbeing. Most clients tell us that they depend on the delivery of this meal as their lifeline to the community and as a check into their safety. At its core, this program is about being able to keep seniors in their home and independent as long as possible.
For more information on how to receive Meals on Wheels in Thurston or Mason counties, please contact Stephanie Penland, Assistant Director & MOW Assessor, 360.586.6181, ext. 124 or email@example.com. To inquire about volunteering, please contact Jan Hawley at 360.586.6181, ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.