The Barbour County Senior Center is participating in the national 2012 March For Meals campaign.
The senior center's March For Meals events will include inviting mayors and legislators to assist with the delivery of home delivered meals. An open house will be hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 to celebrate the Senior Center's 40th anniversary. A program will be given at 9:30 a.m. with brunch to follow at 10:30 a.m.
"In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever," said Brenda Wilmoth, director of the Barbour County Senior Center. "We need the community to come out and support our March For Meals events. Our clients are counting on us. We can't let them down."
March For Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America, to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like the Barbour County Senior Center, promote March For Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
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. 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.
"Our Meals On Wheels programs are on the front lines every day in the battle against senior hunger," said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. "March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals On Wheels and support our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020."
The problem of senior hunger in America is getting worse. MOWAA-sponsored research has revealed that 7.5 million seniors in America face the threat of hunger.
During the last fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011), the Barbour County Senior Center served 67,429 meals to older adults though out the county.
Anyone who would like to donate can send a contribution to the Barbour County Senior Center, P.O. Box 146, Philippi WV 26416 or stop by the office at the corner of Main and Church streets in Philippi.
More information is available by calling 304-457-4545.