March for Meals Campaign observed in Tyrrell

Published 3:31 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018

On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.

Commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels, these programs have delivered nutritious meals to homebound seniors in virtually every community across the country for 46 years.

But a lot of people don’t realize that this program does more than just provide a meal to homebound older adults. The highly dedicated volunteers and staff also provide safety checks, a friendly visit, a lifeline and connection to the community. Quite often this is all it takes to help keep our older neighbors at home.

Since 2002 Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March to celebrate this collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.

If you would like to volunteer to deliver meals for this wonderful and much needed program, or if you or someone you know may be in need, please call 252-426-7093 or 252-766-3037 for more information.

By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can help ensure the seniors in your neighborhood can live healthier, happier, and more independent lives at home. Which, after all, is where they want to be.