The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging announced its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s March for Meals event will include a “Community Champions Day” on Wednesday, March 18 at the Senior Wellness and Nutrition Sites throughout the county. As part of Community Champions Day, the following elected officials will be delivering Meals on Wheels along with volunteers: Legislator Jim Boser, Ellicottville Mayor Charles Coolidge, Legislator Donna Vickman, Little Valley Mayor/ Legislator Norman Marsh, Olean Mayor William Aiello, Legislator Linda Edstrom, Legislator Howard VanRensselaer, Legislator Susan Labuhn, and Legislator David Koch.
“With every Meals on Wheels delivery, our volunteers provide nutritious food and human contact to homebound seniors throughout our county. It’s more than a meal,” said Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging. “We need the community to come out and support our program. Our seniors are counting on us. We can’t let them down.”
March for Meals is a national campaign held annually during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by Meals on Wheels America to raise awareness of the struggles faced by our aging neighbors and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition Program promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
“Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day making sure that no senior is forgotten,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on Wheels programs and ensure all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.”
For more information on March for Meals, visit www.marchformeals.com.
Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Senior Wellness and Nutrition program delivers over 500 meals each day to frail seniors in the community. A noon time meal is delivered to their homes. A voluntary contribution of $3.25 per meal is suggested; however, no one is denied a meal for the inability or unwillingness to contribute. All inquiries regarding home delivered meals and volunteer opportunities can be made by contacting the Department of the Aging at (716) 373-8032 or (800) 462-2901.