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(From left) Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian and Senior Services Plus Executive Director Jonathan Becker participate in the 2016 March for Meals’ Community Champions Week.
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Senior Services Plus driver Earlie Brown (left) and East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood.
Senior Services Plus teamed up with Metro East officials including East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood, Alton Mayor Brant Walker, Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian, Fairview Heights Mayor Mark Kupsky, and Swansea Mayor Ken Mueller in honor of the 2016 March for Meals’ Community Champions Week. Across the country this week, Meals on Wheels programs have enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.
“Not only do we want to bring attention to the program and our seniors, but our biggest concern is raising awareness for those people on the wait list,” Senior Services Plus Executive Director Jonathan Becker said. “With the state funding issues we’re experiencing, SSP has at least 150 individuals on the wait list; regionwide within a six-county area there are over 300 people on it.”
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening because of 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 Senior Services Plus, are reaching 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.
“More than ever, we must join forces — local Meals on Wheels programs, governments, businesses and concerned individuals — to meet the needs of the fastest-growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can,” Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander said. “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 information, visit marchformeals.com.