"March for Meals" Raises Awareness of Hunger, the Elderly

March 12, 2015

On behalf of the National March for Meals campaign, Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition is encouraging all residents to "Support Your Senior Neighbors" this month by reaching out to those in need. Supporting a senior can take many forms such as checking on elderly neighbors and relatives during inclement weather – especially those who don’t have a broad support system – and connecting them with community resources, like Meals on Wheels.

“Our ‘Support Your Senior Neighbors’ campaign is a great tie-in with Mayor Fischer’s goal of making Louisville the most caring and compassionate city in the world,” said Faith Aeilts, program manager of the Senior Nutrition Program. “Those who care for seniors are doing their part to ensure that no one gets left behind.”

This month, all across the U.S., events are planned to raise awareness about senior hunger. It’s part of March for Meals, sponsored annually by the Meals on Wheels America.

Meals on Wheels America also released a new study this month, More than a Meal, which validates long-time anecdotal evidence of the importance meal service delivery has on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.   The study was conducted by Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and funded by AARP Foundation.

The Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Department of Community Services, works year-round to help seniors stay healthy by providing hot, nutritious meals. Through the Meals on Wheels program, hundreds of volunteers delivered over 100,000 hot noontime meals last year to qualified individuals. Another 106,000 meals were served to active seniors at more than 20 congregate meal sites, providing a nutritious lunch, socialization and activities.

Meals on Wheels is available to qualified seniors in Jefferson County, 60 years or older, who are homebound with no support to prepare meals.

For more information about Meals on Wheels or senior congregate meal sites, call 502/574-6325 or visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services/senior-nutrition-congregate-meals-and-meals-wheels.

Sites require a one-day advance registration.

To encourage involvement, five Louisville Metro Council members -- Jessica Green (District 1); David James (District 6); Bill Hollander (District 9); Glen Stuckel; (District 17); and Vicki Aubrey Welch (District 13) -- as well as Community Services Director Katina Whitlock will help deliver meals to homebound residents during Community Champions Week, March 16 -20, 2015.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Trina Mitchell, Senior Nutrition Program, at 574-6420. To make a financial donation, click here.

About Louisville Metro Community Services’ Senior Nutrition Program

Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition programs are funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisville Metro Government and private donations from individuals and families. In addition to providing daily meals, staff and volunteers provide individual interaction and attention to homebound and congregant participants.

About Meals on Wheels America (Formerly Meals On Wheels Association of 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 isolation and hunger. 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, 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.