Dept. of Aging Celebrates 15th Annual March for Meals
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging's Senior Wellness and Nutrition program held Community Champions Day on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, as part of Meals on Wheels of America's March for Meals campaign. Nationally, Meals on Wheels programs enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors, and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. Participating officials in Cattaraugus County included legislators Frank Higgins, Howard VanRensselaer, Robert Neal, Susan Labuhn, David Koch, and Paula Stockman; mayors Norman Marsh, William Aiello, and Michael Smith; and Town of Ashford councilwoman Jean Bond.
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need. The need is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, as well as increasing food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals and provide 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."
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging's Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program delivers over 500 meals each day to frail seniors in the community. A voluntary contribution of $3.25 per meal is suggested; however, no one is denied meals for the inability or unwillingness to contribute. If you would like more information about the Meals on Wheels program, or for volunteer inquiries, please contact the Department of the Aging at 716-373-8032.