Senior Services Plus participated in a national campaign known as Community Champions Week.
Meals on Wheels America March for Meals campaign invited mayors and other officials to participate in the event to show their support for homebound and hungry seniors in their communities. With the efforts of the mayors and other community champions, the campaign’s goal is to raise public awareness, recruit new volunteers and increase funding as more seniors face the risk of hunger.
March for Meals is a national campaign during March initiated by Meals On Wheels America to encourage action on the part of the local community. Every March through June, Senior Services Plus aims to raise awareness and community support to sustain the more than 125,000 meals they deliver each year in St. Clair and Madison counties. According to Meals on Wheels America, one out of every five seniors is going hungry.
This year, Senior Services Plus was honored to have the support of local mayors: Brant Walker of Alton, Michael McCormick of Godfrey, Paul Oller of Roxana, Fred Ufert of Wood River, Hal Patton of Edwardsville, Alan Winslow of Bethalto, and Allen Adomite of Troy. Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons also participated this year.
They will close their awareness campaign on June 13 with the sixth annual Feed the Need Concert. This year’s concert will be headlined by Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas, with special guests the Harman Family Bluegrass Band. For information on tickets or sponsorship, call (618) 465-3298 or visit the agency’s website at www.seniorservicesplus.org.
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. For information about the Meals on Wheels program, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org. For information on Senior Services Plus’s Meals on Wheels Program, visit www.seniorservicesplus.org or call (618) 465-3298.