Alexandria, VA – Meals on Wheels America created the March for Meals campaign in 2002 to recognize Older American Act nutrition programs for communal and home delivery meals and to raise awareness of the growing problem of hunger in the home. the elderly in the United States. This program was created under the Older Americans Act of 1965, promulgated by President Richard Nixon.
During the month of March, Senior Services of Alexandria, in partnership with the Elderly and Adult Services Division of the City of Alexandria, will be reaching out to our community to raise awareness about hunger for older people by volunteering to deliver the meals on wheels or by supporting local senior centers and programs that support seniors. Programs like Meals on Wheels help seniors maintain their health and independence, preventing unnecessary falls and hospitalizations. They also help combat the negative health and economic consequences of loneliness and isolation.
Champions Week takes place March 16-21, when community leaders, government officials, and local businesses and organizations deliver in-home meals to homebound seniors and gain insight into the importance of Meals on Wheels. for our elderly neighbors.
If you want to know more about meals on wheels and senior hunger, go to mowaa.org. To volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels or take out groceries (another senior nutrition program from Seniors Services), go to seniorservicesalex.org or dial 703-836-4414.
MaryAnne Beatty is Director of Communications for Elderly Services in Alexandria.