March is Meals on Wheels “March for Meals” Month. Each of us, at some point, may face some of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. With an potential life expectancy of 80, living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. In addition, the increase in geographic separation of our families results in millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.
On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established the national Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March for the past 15 years, to celebrate this collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten. Without support from programs like Meals on Wheels, millions of seniors are forced to prematurely leave their homes for more costly alternatives.
The dedicated staff and volunteers, who deliver these meals each week across the country, provide a vital lifeline and connection, which are sometimes all it takes to keep our senior neighbors at home.
How can you help?
* VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME-Join the network of 2 million volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of seniors across the country. By donating 1-2 hours of your time, you can help the Meals on Wheels program in your community to reach the 1 in 6 seniors who might not know where their next meal is coming from.
* CONTRIBUTE WHAT YOU CAN-100% of each donation to Meals on Wheels America will advance the collective movement towards an America in which all seniors sustain nourished lives with independence and dignity.
* BECOME A STRATEGIC PARTNER-We invite businesses to help us deliver a nutritious meal, a caring smile, and a safety check to the rapidly growing number of vulnerable seniors in your community and in communities all across America. You can do all of this while building your brand through a strategic partnership with one of the best-known and well-respected names in America.
Thank you for joining in our efforts to make sure no senior suffers from silent hunger. With 15,000 seniors in the Borough and an expected growth to 20,000 by 2020, this mission is key to the safety of our community seniors. With only 250 assisted living/nursing home beds currently available, compared to the 700 plus residents we have who are 85 and older, this cause is all the more important.
I am lucky to be part of such an important cause. Thank you for sharing your hearts, time, and financial donations.