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WCCOA Plans March Celebration

THE WOOD COUNTY COMMITTEE ON AGING, INC., HOME DELIVERED MEAL PROGRAM JOINS MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY in 1th ANNUAL March for Meals CELEBRATION

The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) Home Delivered Meal Program 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 homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Wood County Committee on Aging’s March for Meals celebration will include a special Community Champion’s Week spanning Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24, during which WCCOA will be inviting local elected officials to join experienced volunteers on their meal delivery routes to see the service in action.

 

”The services that we provide the seniors of Bowling Green, North Baltimore, Pemberville, Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge and Wayne are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Denise Niese, Executive Director of WCCOA. “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 WCCOA, 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 of Wood County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com or, locally, by emailing Jackie Metz jcmetz@wccoa.net.

 

About Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.:

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives. Over 860 clients are served; that’s 500 home delivered and 360 congregate clients on a daily basis!  This gives our clients a “home check” every Monday through Friday along with a hot, nutritious meal and the possibility of frozen meals for the weekend if needed!  Call 419-353-5661 for more information or to help deliver these meals!

 

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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