March for Meals

28 Feb

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THE SOUTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL KITCHEN JOINS MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN 15TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR MEALS CELEBRATION

SUPPORT WILL HELP TO FIGHT SENIOR ISOLATION AND HUNGER IN ATHENS COUNTY

Athens County, OH (March 1, 2017) – The Southeast Ohio Regional Kitchen, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the home-bound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. The Southeast Ohio Regional Kitchen’s March for Meals celebration will include:

  • Pet food drives going on all month long at White’s Mill (2 Whites Mill Drive, Athens, OH) and Tractor Supply Co. (1000 East State Street, Athens, OH). All food and funds collected will go towards feeding the loving companion pets of our Meals on Wheels clients.
  • Restaurant fundraisers donating 10% to our Meals on Wheels program taking place:
    • Bob Evans (357 E State St., Athens, OH)    Monday,    March 20, 2017, 4 pm-8 pm
    • Subway (74 N Plains Rd., The Plains, OH) Thursday March 23, 2017, All Day
  • Community Champions Week March 20-24, 2017 where we will be enlisting the help of local leaders in our efforts to fight senior hunger. Local leaders will be volunteering their time prepping food, delivering meals, and serving meals at our senior congregate sites.
  • Like” the SE Ohio Foodbank & Kitchen on Facebook for updates!

“The services that we provide the seniors of Athens County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Sam Gress, Foodservice Coordinator of the Southeast Ohio Regional Kitchen. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like the Southeast Ohio Regional Kitchen, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Athens County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit  www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

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