March for Meals fights senior hunger, isolation

The Wood County Committee on Aging Inc. will be participating in the 20th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain health and independent at home.

WCCOA’s celebration will include a special Community Champion’s Week from March 14-18, during which WCCOA will invite local elected officials to join experienced volunteers on their meal delivery routes to see the service in action.

“The services we provide are needed now more than ever for the older adults throughout Wood County,” said Angie Bradford, director of food service at WCCOA. “Together, we can keep our homebound neighbors safe, well-nourished, and more connected to our community as they age.”

WCCOA has been delivering meals to homebound Wood County seniors through their Home Delivered Meal Program since 1981. Currently, they are providing hot, nutritious meals to more than 800 seniors every weekday.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

For information on programs and services, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging Inc., at 419-353-5661, 800-367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.