Celebrate the 14th Annual Community Champions Day

News from Aging, Posted on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 5:25pm
Larry and Jack (Meals on Wheels volunteers), Howard Van Rensselaer (Legislator)

From left to right, the first two gentlemen are Larry and Jack, Meals on Wheels volunteers. The gentleman on the far right is Cattaraugus County Legislator Howard Van Rensselaer.

Cattaraugus Department of the Aging joins Local Meals on Wheels Organizations Across the Country to Celebrate the 14th Annual Community Champions Day. Support during March will help to address senior hunger and isolation in Cattaraugus County. The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging, as part of the March for Meals event, participated in Community Champions Day on March 23rd, 2016 at Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) sites throughout the county. The following elected officials delivered Meals on Wheels along with the volunteers: Legislator Donna Vickman, Franklinville Mayor Robert Breton, Little Valley Mayor Norm Marsh, Olean Mayor William Aiello, Legislator John Padlo, Legislator Howard Van Rensselaer, Legislator Bob Neal, Legislator Susan Labuhn, Legislator Paula Stockman, and Ashford Town Board member Richard Bernstein.

March for Meals is a national campaign held annually during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by Meals on Wheels 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 Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

“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. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. 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 March for Meals, visit www.MarchForMeals.com.

About Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program

Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program delivers over 500 meals each day to frail seniors the community. A noon time meal is delivered to their homes. A voluntary contribution of $3.25 per meal is suggested. No one is denied meals for the inability or unwillingness to contribute. All inquiries regarding home delivered meals and volunteer opportunities can be made by contacting Department of the Aging at (716)373-8032.

About Meals on Wheels America (Formerly Meals On Wheels Association of 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 isolation and hunger. 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, 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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