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2020 March for Meals is March 19

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:00am

Dignitaries to Deliver Meals on March 19; Fundraising Dinners to be Held


CHEER, Inc. will once again participate in the National “March for Meals” campaign on Thursday, March 19.  This is an annual campaign intended to generate public awareness, recruit new volunteers, and increase local fundraising for CHEER’s local Meals on Wheels program.  Elected officials and members of local communities have been invited to come and deliver a meal to a homebound senior and then enjoy lunch afterwards.  They are encouraged to see first-hand the importance of the meal they deliver and have the opportunity to talk with the senior about how the meal benefits them.

 On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.  For more than 45 years, these critical programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – have delivered more than just nutritious meals to homebound seniors in virtually every community across the country. The dedicated staff and volunteers who deliver these meals each week provide a vital lifeline and connection to the community, which are sometimes all it takes to keep our senior neighbors at home, where they want to be.

March for Meals was started by Meals on Wheels America, a national association of meals on wheels providers across the country. Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to celebrate this proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.  By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can ensure the seniors in your neighborhood can live healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be.

CHEER, Inc. will also be holding its Annual March for Meals Fundraising Dinners in all CHEER Activity Centers on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7 p.m.  The purpose of these dinners is to make the public aware of what the home-delivered meal program is all about, and to raise funds for the Meals on  Wheels program.  The dinners are open to the public and CHEER hopes that everyone comes out and supports this endeavor.  The dinners will have entertainment and a 50/50 raffle.  The cost of the meal served that night is only $5 per person.  With every meal served, half of the proceeds will go to pay for the raw food for an additional senior meal.  Everyone attending will be asked to sign a pledge letter stating that they participated in the event and support Meals on Wheels in their communities. Contact your local CHEER Center to make reservations by March 12, 2020.