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Celebrating 40 years of Meals On Wheels in Vernon area

NorthJersey.com

982 days ago   Article ID# 1549490
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Meals On Wheels Association of America

SPARTA, NEW JERSEY (NorthJersey.com) - We celebrate 40 years. 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.

Meals On Wheels Association of America established the National March For Meals Campaign in March 2002 to recognize this historic month, the importance of Older Americans Act Senior Nutrition Programs and to raise awareness about senior hunger in America.

The first "Meals On Wheels" was delivered in canteens to British servicemen during World War II and formally started in the United States in Philadelphia serving shut-ins in the 1950s. Today we are proud to be part of a vast network of local home-delivered and congregate meal programs that serve millions of seniors and others across the country. There are some 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States. These programs provide over one million meals to seniors each day. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like our own senior centers, some programs like Sussex County Meals On Wheels deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors whose mobility is limited. It takes virtually an army of volunteers who also "work" for these programs. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1.7 million individuals volunteer for the nutrition programs, it is the largest volunteer army in the nation.

Senior hunger in America is a monumental problem. Today, there are nearly 6 million seniors in the United States facing the threat of hunger. Because of the magnitude of the problem, we know that it cannot be solved overnight or with a single project or initiative.

March For Meals is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on a local level. Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

Mayors For Meals is a component of March For Meals that utilizes the involvement of local mayors. Mayors and other local officials and community leaders will be delivering meals Wednesday March 21 to show their support of our local Sussex County nutrition programs. An integral part of this initiative includes the Pledge to end senior hunger in America by 2020. Local Senior Nutrition Programs encourage as many people as possible during their March for Meals events to sign the Pledge and take action against senior hunger.

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a Proclamation for the month of March 2012 as "March for Meals Month." They encouraged all local public officials and community leaders to volunteer to deliver meals March 21 to homebound seniors.

Sussex County Nutrition Programs, who also have a nutrition site in Vernon and deliver meals in Vernon, through Catholic Family & Community Services provided over 20,000 meals to our local home bound and served over 22,000 meals at the Sussex County congregate nutrition sites. In addition we provided blizzard bags and delivered bags of groceries to the many in need in our local community. In addition to and partnering with other we provided Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals, many necessary items and safety devices such as smoke detectors. 125 clients received Christmas presents and extra food bags and we didn’t forget the pets, they need to eat, too! Fifty-two senior’s pets have received donated pet food which was delivered with the help of our wonderful volunteers, who provided 7,800 hours of community service last year.

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Updated 982 days ago   Article ID# 1549490

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