Tri-County Senior Nutrition, a program of Rural Resources Community Action, is participating in the national 2012 March For Meals campaign.
“March For Meals” is a national public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to local senior meal programs throughout the United States. It highlights the continuing importance of meal programs and the growing need for resources – both financial and human- as the elderly population increases and more Americans need community-based nutrition services.
March For Meals is initiated and sponsored by Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like Tri-County Senior Nutrition, promote March for Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local business, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. All money raised stays at the local level – 100 percent goes to provide more meals.
Due to the communities support, we have been able to provide meals to our homebound seniors and have not needed to start a waiting list. Funding for this progam is limited and only community support dollars has increased in the last year. We provide nutritionally balanced meals and for those with limited income we help stretch their dollars and help them remain independent.
“Community dollars provide more than a meal,” said Anita Sailor, Program Manager of Tri-County Senior Nutrition Program. With the delivery of a meal comes a friendly face to the door of a homebound senior. This contact may be the only person a senior hears from on that day. We provide a network of services and our volunteers are trained to recognize when a senior may need additional help. By supporting this program with your donations and volunteering your time, you can be part of a vital network of individuals that in 2011 helped serve 8,693 meals to our local homebound seniors in the tri-county area.
A major aspect of the 2011 March for Meals is for Americans to team up with their local Meals On Wheels program and take the Pledge to end senior hunger in America by 2020. This national movement comes at a good time, as recent MOWAA research studies have revealed that the problem of senior hunger in America is indeed growing worse. Currently, one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger in the United States.
This year, Meals On Wheels programs across the country are also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the inclusion of Senior Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA is the primary piece of federal legislation that authorizes and supports vital nutrition services, both congregate and Meals On Wheels, to Americans age 60 and older.
All month long, the Senior Nutrition program throughout the Tri-County area is having special events and promotions to raie support for the program.
We are asking the public to come out and support these fundraisers sponsored by area businesses:
Colville Egales Lodge No. 2797 is sponsoring a Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m.
Jamin Java drive thru espresso (on the truck route across from Rural Resources) is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from the drinks ordered on March 5.
March for Meals Walk-A-Thon on Main Street Thursday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by Booth and LaDuke Motors and Colville Safeway.
Kettle Falls MIddle School is sponsoring a penny drive the week of March 5-9.
Newport Community Hospital Cafeteria Basket Silent Auction March 12-16. More basket items are needed and of course they need bidders.
Stratton Elementary is having a Penny Drive March 12-16, decorating milk jugs to be placed around town and is decorating lunch sacks for Meals on Wheels.
Donation Boxes are placed throughout the area to collect donations. A few cents here and there all adds up. Here are a few locations:
Donations can be received at any of our “Diner’s Choice” participating restaurants – Colville: Eagles Lodge, Mt. Carmel Hospital Courtyard Cafe. Kettle Falls: Little Gallea, TJ’s Bar and Grill, K.C.’s Diner. Newport: Newport Hospital Cafeteria, Riv. MT. Village Assisted Living.
Metaline: Western Star. Chewelah: Chewelah Casino and Subway. Loon Lake: Loon Lake Saloon Bar & Grill, Luke’s BBQ. Any Rural Resources Office: Colville, 956 S. Main, Newport, 301 W Spruce, Republic, 147 N Clark, Ione, 210 Houghton.
This event is co-sponsored by Colville Safeway and Booth and LaDuke Motors. The community can show their support by participating in our 10th March for Meals walk-a-thon. This year the walk-athon will be up and down Main Street on March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up contribution pledge sheets at the Colville Rural Resources office or just come out and walk to show your support. Donations can be received at either location, look for our booth.
Local mayors will deliver meals to area seniors. Colville Mayor Deborah Rarrick will help deliver meals on March 5, Chewelah Mayor Clancy Bauman will help deliver meals on March 21, Newport Mayor Shirley Sands will help deliver meals on March 13.
Colville Rural Resources staff and Work Source staff will hold the agencies’ Annual Soup and Chili Cook Off.
For more information on how you can help “March for Meals,” call Rural Resources Community Action, Colville Office at 509-684-8421 or 1-877-219-5542 – Anita Sailor and Darlene Visger, fundraising coordinators.