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"March for Meals" Raises Awareness of Hunger, the Elderly

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Chris Poynter, 574-4546 / 396-2015


“March for Meals” Raises Awareness of Hunger, the Elderly

Hot meals will be delivered to Shawnee-area homebound seniors March 19



On behalf of the National March for Meals campaign, Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition is encouraging all residents to "Support Your Senior Neighbors" 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, such as 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. Nearly 1 in 6 seniors is threatened by hunger – an increasing number due to economic constraints -- according to a national report. (The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report)

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 helped deliver over 100,000 hot noontime meals last year to qualified individuals. Another 106,000 meals were served to active seniors 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 advance registration.

“Our ‘Support Your Senior Neighbors’ campaign is a great tie-in with Mayor Fischer’s goal of making Louisville the most caring and compassionate city in the world,” said Faith Aeilts, program manager of the Senior Nutrition Program. “Those who care for seniors are doing their part to ensure that no one gets left behind.”

To encourage involvement with older adults in our community through programs like Meals on Wheels, Virginia Peck and Katina Whitlock, director and assistance director respectively for Community Services and Revitalization, will help deliver meals to homebound citizens in the Shawnee area on March 19. Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott also plans to deliver meals in her District 1 this Friday.

To become a volunteer for delivering Meals on Wheels, contact Ashley Mitchell in the city’s Senior Nutrition Program at 574-6420. To make a financial donation to Meals on Wheels, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR and click on the “I Want to Donate to Senior Nutrition” link.

About Meals On Wheels Association of America:
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. Visit MOWAA’s website (www.mowaa.org) to learn more about how the association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories. 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.