Council on Aging for Henderson County joins Local Meals on Wheels Organizations Across the Country to Celebrate the 13th Annual March for Meals
Support during March will help to address senior hunger and isolation in Henderson County, NC
Hendersonville, NC, March 02, 2015 – The Council on Aging for Henderson County announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. The Council on Aging for Henderson County’s March for Meals events will include daily celebrations via social media which highlight dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of their program, a “Subs for Seniors” night, Tuesday, March 9th from 4PM – 8PM, sponsored by Firehouse Subs at 825 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, and “Community Champions” week that will occur March 16 – 20. In addition, the Council is putting out new “Every Penny Counts” coin banks and are extending their locations. Stay tuned to facebook.com/coahc to learn about their partners. This Friday, local author Patti Digh and her pal Cynder will be covering a Meals on Wheels route to kick off the special routes portion of the campaign.
“We are so excited about our March for Meals celebration this year! We have had such great success with our previous March for Meals campaigns and we feel confident that this year won’t disappoint! Our goal is to make more members of our community aware of the food insecurities our local seniors face on a daily basis. These adults are your neighbors, your fellow church members, and can even be your own family members. Our charge is to stand united with our Henderson County seniors and remind them that they are valued members of our community. There are so many people behind the scenes who make this program run effectively and March is just one small snapshot in time that allows us to bring their efforts to the forefront. We hope you will join us in the fight to end senior hunger in Henderson County, one meal, one dollar, or one volunteer hour at a time” said Executive Director, Trina Stokes.
March for Meals is a national campaign held annually during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of the struggles faced by our aging neighbors and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like the Council on Aging for Henderson County, promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
“Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day making sure that no senior is forgotten,” said Meals On Wheels Association of America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on Wheels programs and ensure all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.”
For more information on March for Meals, visit www.marchformeals.com.
About The Council on Aging for Henderson County’s Meals on Wheels Program
The COA of Henderson County’s Meals on Wheels program serves over 4,000 meals per month to over 200 recipients per day. The program is overseen by Nutrition Director Annette Buckner who collaborates with a Registered Dietician to ensure meals served meet the 1/3 daily recommend food allowance for seniors. In addition, the program utilizes more than 200 volunteers each month who in total contribute an average of 1,400 volunteer hours. At this time, the program is seeing a great need for assistance for adults under age 60 who can no longer prepare their own meals. Please help us spread the word about senior hunger so we can raise the necessary funds to serve more members of our community.
About Meals on Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America empowers community programs to improve health and quality of life to ensure that no senior goes hungry. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit www.mowaa.org.