13th Annual March for Meals Celebrates Meals on Wheels Programs Across America and the Seniors they Serve

February 17, 2015

By Jenny Bertolette, Communications Director, Meals On Wheels Association of America

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is counting down the days until the 13th Annual March for Meals – a community-by-community celebration of the Meals on Wheels programs that keep our senior neighbors happier and healthier. The month of March will mobilize local Senior Nutrition Programs across the country to connect with their communities and build the support that will sustain them all year long.

mowaa3 featuredMeals on Wheels programs collectively serve a nutritious meal, a warm smile and the safety check that keep nearly two and a half million seniors a year healthy and living in their own homes, where they want to be. This effort is the product of a dynamic and effective partnership between a national network of local Meals on Wheels programs and the businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who give so generously in their communities.

At www.marchformeals.com, those looking to join the Meals on Wheels movement can learn more about the network, the needs of seniors and find a local March for Meals celebration. The list of nearly 300 participating Meals on Wheels programs grows every day with celebrations that range from volunteer drives, fundraising events and Community Champions Week – the third week in March devoted to special awareness-raising activities featuring prominent community figures.

More Than a Meal Pilot Research Study

To celebrate nationally, the Association will release the findings from a first-of-its-kind pilot study, designed by Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and funded by AARP Foundation, that  shows the impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older. The results confirm what we’ve all known for decades anecdotally through firsthand experience: that Meals on Wheels does in fact deliver so much more than just a meal.

To discuss these findings, the Association and AARP Foundation will host a More Than a Meal Research Briefing on March 10, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. atmowaa1-feb15 AARP’s Brickfield Center in Washington, DC. At this briefing, you’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from the leadership of both national organizations, the principal investigator from Brown University, and a local Meals on Wheels program director and participant in the study.

The event is open to the public, however, space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  To RSVP, please contact Erika Kelly at erika@mowaa.org.

For more information on the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s community-by-community celebration this March, visit www.marchformeals.com.