Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. participates annually in the national March For Meals campaign. The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build the support that will sustain them all year long. During this month long awareness campaign, elected officials from all over San Diego volunteered on routes.
In Imperial Beach, Mayor Jim Janney delivered in the South Bay. He joined other elected officials from all over San Diego on volunteer routes to encourage other in the community to adopt and volunteer for a route – and there is indeed a need. In addition to delivering in Imperial Beach, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego also delivers to the Coronado Cays and Strand.
Meals on Wheels programs across the country collectively serve a nutritious meal, a warm smile and the safety check that keep over two and a half million seniors a year healthy and living in their own homes. This effort is the product of a dynamic and effective partnership between a national network of local Meals on Wheels programs and the businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who give so generously in their communities.
The 12th annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by the Meals On Wheels Association (MOWA) of America and presents an opportunity for all of us to support our senior neighbors through a variety of efforts that make our communities stronger and our neighbors healthier.
“With an increase in the 65+ age category over the next 20 years by 72%, our seniors are in need of support more than ever,” said Debbie Case, President & CEO of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. “We need the community to come out and support our March For Meals events. Our clients are counting on us. We can’t let them down.”
The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff and volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors, as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers provide safety checks to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For over 53 years, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer.
San Diego’s Meals-on-Wheels is part of the national MOWAA. They are the only national association and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. MOWAA is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. Meals-on-Wheels vision is to end senior hunger by 2020.
To learn more at Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego and how you can get involved and make a difference, visit www.meals-on-wheels.org.