14th Annual March for Meals Celebrates Meals on Wheels Programs Across America
February 25, 2016
Jenny Bertolette, Vice President of Communications, Meals on Wheels America
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 nearly 45 years, these critical programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – have delivered more than just nutritious meals to homebound 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.
Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to March for Meals – a celebration of this proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.
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 – five days devoted to special awareness-raising activities featuring prominent community figures.
JOIN US ON CAPITOL HILL ON TUESDAY, MARCH 1
As programs across the country gear up to celebrate, Meals on Wheels America invites the Alliance to End Hunger network to join us on Tuesday, March 1 as we kick off the 14th Annual March for Meals on Capitol Hill. The day’s events will celebrate the vital public-private partnership that exists in virtually every community across the country to keep America’s seniors healthier at home – where they want to be – and out of more costly healthcare settings.
March for Meals Exhibit & Card Signing (Hosted by the House Hunger Caucus)
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rayburn Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20024
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the power of Meals on Wheels through a senior story and photo display, sign greeting cards for seniors receiving Meals on Wheels, and hear more about the growing problem of senior isolation and hunger, and solutions that exist to solve it. Light refreshments will be served.
March for Meals on Capitol Hill (Led by Meals on Wheels America)
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Corner of Independence Avenue and First Street, SE
Participants will meet outside of the Cannon House Office Building at the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street, SE at 4:30 p.m. to “march” together along the East Front of the Capitol to the Dirksen Senate Office Building. From there, participants may enter through security and attend the March for Meals reception.
March for Meals Reception (Hosted by the Senate Special Committee on Aging)
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dirksen G-11, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20002
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the power of Meals on Wheels through a story and photo display, sign greeting cards for seniors receiving Meals on Wheels, and celebrate the exemplary public-private partnership Meals on Wheels embodies. A short speaking program will take place and attendees will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
We ask that you kindly RSVP for the event(s) you plan to attend at www.marchformeals.com/eventRSVP.