Tri-Valley Joins Meals On Wheels Programs From Across The Country in 15th Annual March for Meals Celebration
Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Program announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Tri-Valley’s March for Meals celebration will include visits to nutrition site locations by town and state officials, a raffle and an Italian Dinner to benefit March for Meals on March 30, 4:00 pm at the Senior Center in Milford. Dinner tickets are $8.00 and must be reserved by March 23. Contact Tri-Valley’s Nutrition department at 508-949-6640 for more information or go to www.trivalleyinc.org or Tri-Valley’s Facebook page for updates. (View a full schedule of March for Meals at the end of this article).
”The services that we provide to seniors living in South Central Massachusetts are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Kristin McCarthy, Nutrition Program Director. “Together, we can keep older adults living healthier in their own homes while being more connected to their community.”
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 gap 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, like Tri-Valley’s, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.
“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. 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 you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in your community and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com.
About Tri-Valley’s Meals on Wheels Program:
The Meals on Wheels program provides meals for individuals who are 60 years or older, homebound, and unable to prepare their own food due to illness, disability or the absence of a caregiver. The program depends on the generosity of hundreds of volunteer to pack and deliver the meals. The program delivers over 19,000 meals each month in 25 communities.
All donations to Tri-Valley March for Meals are welcome and can be mailed to: 10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571 or online at www.trivalleyinc.org. For more information, call 508-949-6640.
Tri-Valley is a private, non-profit agency. The agency receives funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of elder Affairs and from the Federal government, under the Older American’s Act, processed through the Central Mass Agency on Aging. Funds are also received from other public and private sources.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
2017 March for Meals Events
March 3 — Jukebox Friday Night with Dave O’Gara & Adam Webster from WORC, 6—8pm, Sutton Senior Center, $5 per person. Dance the night away to 50’s, 60’s 70’s & 80’s music!
March 6 — Pancake Breakfast prepared by Nutrition Staff at Webster Senior Center, 9am, Tickets $5.00. Door Prizes!
March 14 — Potato Bar in West Brookfield, 11:30 am.
March 20‐24 — Community Champions Week. Congressman Jim McGovern delivering meals in Webster on March 20.
March 22 — Homemade Meatball and Manicotti. Lunch prepared by Sutton Senior Center Staff and Sutton Fire Department – all proceeds going to March for Meals. Call Sutton Sr. Ctr. by 3/17 for reservations at 508‐234‐0703.
March 23 — Bake Sale at Upton Senior Center.
March 23 — Roast Chicken Dinner with Entertainment at Southbridge Senior Center from 6pm – 8pm prepared by Site Manager and professional chef Donald Altiery, Tickets $10. To reserve, please call Donald at 508‐764‐1469.
March 30 — Italian Dinner catered by Chartwells at Milford Senior Center @ 4:00 pm, tickets $8 (RSVP by March 23 to Nutrition Dept. 508‐949‐6640).
TBD — Dairy Queen Fundraiser at Dairy Queen on Route 140 in Milford.
Raffle – prizes: lap quilt, gourmet snack basket, lobster dinner basket, essential oil diffuser.
For more information, contact Tri‐Valley’s Nutrition Dept. at 508‐949‐6640.