On March 22, 1972, President Richard 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. For more than 45 years, these critical programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – have delivered more than just nutritious meals to home-bound seniors in virtually every community across the country. And, the dedicated staff and volunteers who deliver these meals each week provide a vital lifeline and connection to the community, which are sometimes all it takes to keep our senior neighbors at home, where they want to be.
“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger, and loss of independence”, said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander.
The Meals on Wheels Program at Senior Services Southwest Michigan has been delivering nutritious meals to vulnerable adults since 1960; enabling them to maintain their independence and continue to live in their own homes. Our compassionate volunteers deliver not just a nutritious meal but a friendly face on a regular basis.
MARCH FOR MEALS WITH US
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led an annual awareness campaign to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need, which is widening due to a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation, and operational costs.
This March, Senior Services of Southwest Michigan and hundreds of other local Meals on Wheels programs will participate in ‘March For Meals’ and 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.
According to Dan Pontius, General Manager of Nutrition at Senior Services, “The services that we provide to seniors are critical and the need is rapidly increasing, but together we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home, and feeling more connected to their community as they age”.
Today we kicked off the campaign with a commencement celebration and have a long list of festivities prepared to raise awareness and to celebrate the dedicated volunteers. Our month-long celebration will include opportunities to donate, advocate, and volunteer to deliver meals. By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can ensure the seniors in your neighborhood can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be.
Be sure to check back throughout the month and follow us on Facebook for opportunities to get involved, up-to-date happenings, and for continued coverage of our efforts. For further information about how you can get involved, you can also contact us at (269)-382-0515.