Ottawa County Senior Resources announced that it will be holding Community Champions Week as a part of its March for Meals campaign. Local community mayors, elected officials and local celebrities will be participating in the event to show their support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors.
“We are excited about having prominent members of our local communities participate in our March for Meals Community Champions week,” said Dianne Martin Mortensen, Executive Coordinator. ”Our local mayors have been involved with our program in the past and the national Community Champions Week is an excellent way to continue our positive relationship with local officials.“
March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.
Ottawa County’s March for Meals Community Champions Week, celebrated during the third week of March, will include not only an opportunity for local dignitaries to be a part of the packing and delivery program, but all citizens of Ottawa County can help by participating in the “March for Meals Campaign Challenge”.
Ottawa County is home to six senior centers. Senior Center members of the Danbury Senior Center, wanting to help their fellow homebound seniors, are challenging the other senior centers and all citizens of Ottawa County to help in providing each homebound senior with a bag of non-perishable food items. The food bags would be delivered to seniors receiving home delivered meals as well as any senior needing additional food items. Danbury Senior Center Site Manager Paula Shenkel is asking for both food and monetary donations. All money collected will be used to purchase the food items. For more information about the items needed, contact the Danbury Senior Center at 419-798-4101 or Senior Resources main office at 419-898-6459
Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Ottawa County Senior Resources, promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. Community Champions Week is a component of March for Meals that utilizes the involvement of local Mayors and other local elected officials.
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. 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. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information on the Meals On Wheels program, visit mowaa.org.