March for Meals Celebrates Older Americans Act 50th Anniversary

MEALS ON WHEELS OF HANCOCK COUNTY JOINS IN MONTH-LONG MARCH FOR MEALS CELEBRATION OF OLDER AMERICANS ACT NUTRITION PROGRAM’S 50th ANNIVERSARY

Fighting senior hunger and isolation in Hancock County, NOW AND FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS

Meals on Wheels of Hancock County is participating in a special March for Meals celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the federal legislation that helps to fund community-based programs like Meals on Wheels.

Throughout the month of March, Meals on Wheels of Hancock County will join the national Meals on Wheels network to raise awareness and rally support for this vital public-private partnership that has helped provide the seniors in Hancock County with an essential service needed to remain healthy and independent at home.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President 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. This year, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country are joining forces for the awareness campaign to celebrate 50 years of success.

March for Meals also garners the support needed to ensure these critical programs can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come.

“The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program is the only federally supported program designed to be an antidote for both senior hunger and isolation,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America.

“Despite decades of proven success and bipartisan support, funding for this program has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing need for its services,” she said. “With the nation’s senior population increasing dramatically, now is the time to support local Meals on Wheels programs – through volunteering, donating and speaking out – to ensure we are able to deliver for another 50 years.”

Meals on Wheels of Hancock County’s celebration includes various activities throughout the month of March, including Community Champions Day at Hancock Regional Hospital on March 22, 2022.

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute, or speak out for the seniors in Hancock County this March, visit mealsonwheelsonline.org.


About Meals on Wheels of Hancock County

Meals on Wheels of Hancock County was established in 2001 in Greenfield, Indiana, to meet the needs of local senior and at-risk communities. Our mission is to help the citizens of Hancock County maintain an independent lifestyle through the delivery of nutritious meals in accordance with prescribed dietary needs, and provide a point of personal contact with the community.
 

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