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OLBH Launches March for Meals Campaign
OLBH once again will be participating in the national 2012 March for Meals campaign.
“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” Mary Ellen Conley, OLBH coordinator of Meals on Wheels, said. “March for Meals is our awareness campaign and our way of letting the community know we need their support. Our clients are counting on us. We can’t let them down.”
OLBH’s Meals on Wheels program is in particular need for drivers in the Grayson, Greenup, South Shore and Woodland Oaks routes. “We have food readily available for distribution on these routes,” Conley said. “The only thing we’re missing is enough drivers to deliver that food to those who need it. Our volunteers are only asked to drive once a month for no more than two hours, so the commitment is very reasonable and so very needed.”
Also needed are donations to subsidize the cost of meals OLBH provides throughout the communities it serves. OLBH receives on federal or state monies to support Meals on Wheels; the program operates solely on donations and fundraising. March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities.
“Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day in the battle against senior hunger,” said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on Wheels and support our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020."
The problem of senior hunger in America is getting worse. MOWAA-sponsored research has revealed that 7.5 million seniors in America face the threat of hunger. OLBH assists with meals being delivered five days a week to elderly or disabled people with food being prepared by a variety of vendors and delivered by volunteers. OLBH’s local Meals on Wheels routes include the communities of Bellefonte, Catlettsburg, Flatwoods, Raceland, Russell and Westwood, which are served by the OLBH program, and Grayson, Greenup, South Shore and Worthington area volunteers coordinate programs to serve those areas with advisory support from OLBH.
To learn more about OLBH’s Meals on Wheels programs, including information on donations and volunteer opportunities, call (606)-833-3398 or toll-free at 1-877-827-7012.