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Support helps fight senior isolation, hunger

James Clulo

Photo by Clarke Davis
Retired school teacher James Clulo retrieves hot meals at Sunset Haven in Valley Falls delivered by Meals on Wheels prior to noon weekdays. One parcel contains the meals he delivers to the homebound, while the rest are congregate meals. Since there is no place currently approved as a congregate meal site, individuals pick up their meals at Sunset Haven and take them home. Clulo has been a volunteer since the November election day in 1996. He said the late John Todd recruited him and he’s been at it ever since.

 

Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties Inc. will participate in the 14th annual March for Meals — a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its safety net.
The Meals on Wheels March for Meals celebration will include mayors, city and county officials, superintendents, and state representatives delivering meals during the month of March.
A direct mail campaign will also take place to raise money for the provision of meals. For online donations, visit mowks.org/hosc.shtml.
“The services that we provide the seniors of Shawnee and Jefferson counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Heidi Pickerell, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties Inc. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs.
This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.
“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”
For more information on how to volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Shawnee or Jefferson counties and across the country, visit marchformeals.com.

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