Friday March 22, 2013
Support a Senior in March
Meals on Wheels campaign raises awareness about hunger, the elderly
On behalf of the National March for Meals campaign, Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition is encouraging all residents to "Support a Senior" this month by reaching out to seniors citizens in need. Supporting a senior can take many forms such as checking on the well-being of elderly neighbors and relatives – especially those who don’t have a broad support system -- and connecting them with community resources, like Meals on Wheels.
All across the U.S., senior nutrition programs are planning events this month to raise awareness about senior hunger as part of March for Meals, sponsored annually by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. According to a national report (National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, May, 2012 http://www.nfesh.org/#/what-we-know/4570514007
), 1 in 7 seniors is threatened by hunger, and often they live in communities where neighbors may be unaware of their circumstances.
The Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR), works year-round to help seniors stay healthy by providing hot, nutritious meals. Through the Meals on Wheels program, hundreds of volunteers help deliver over 121,000 hot noontime meals annually to qualified individuals. Additionally, another 116,000 active seniors are served meals at more than 20 congregate meal sites across the community which offer seniors an opportunity for a nutritious lunch, socialization and activities.
Meals on Wheels is available to qualified seniors in Jefferson County, 60 years or older, who are homebound with no one available to help prepare meals. Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels can call 502/574-6325 to begin the qualification process. The senior congregate sites for more active seniors, 60 and older, can be found by calling the same number above or by visiting http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Senior+Nutrition+Services.htm/
. Sites require a one-day advanced registration.
“Our ‘Support a Senior’effort is a great tie-in to Mayor Fischer’s Give A Day
week of service, April 13-21. One of the goals is for Louisville to be an even more compassionate city, and those who care for seniors are doing their part to ensure no one gets left behind,” said Faith Aeilts, Program Manager of the Senior Nutrition Program.
Other local efforts for March for Meals include Sadiqa Reynolds (Chief of Community Building for Mayor Fischer’s office), along with Virginia Peck (Director for Community Services and Revitalization) and other staff members, Robin Grammer and Johnny Fontaine, delivered meals to homebound citizens in the Crescent Hill Area. Recently Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott delivered meals in her District 1 and Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh plans to deliver meals next week in District 9. About Meals On Wheels Association of America:
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. Visit MOWAA’s website (www.mowaa.org
) to learn more about the mission to end senior hunger by 2020. Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition’s programs are funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.