Meals On Wheels South Florida has joined with other Meals On Wheels Programs across the country in the 16th Annual March For Meals Celebration, a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meal on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home.

Meals on Wheels South Florida’s celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including participation in national online awareness campaigns, a networking happy hour and a corporate volunteer day with FedEx at one of Meals on Wheels South Florida’s congregate dining sites.

”The services that we provide the seniors of South Florida are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President 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. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership, and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs will rally their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s most at-risk seniors all year long,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With the demand for Meals on Wheels increasing along with our country’s senior population, we need to ensure that seniors are not forgotten.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in South Florida this March, visit MarchForMeals.com and mowsoflo.org.

About Meals on Wheels South Florida

Meals on Wheels South Florida is a private, non-profit organization providing hunger-relief services since 1985. With the dedication of nearly 600 volunteers, Meals on Wheels South Florida delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable South Florida seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.  Meals on Wheels South Florida serves more than 10,000 seniors and 5,000 children an estimated 1.5 million meals each year.  Included in their comprehensive list of programs and services are home meal delivery, community-based dining, meals for companion pets, grocery shopping assistance, nutrition education and emergency meals. For more information, please call 954.731.8770 or visit mealsonwheelssouthflorida.org.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America.  By providing funding, leadership, education, research 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.