Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland’s March for Meals Campaign a Success

Support will help to continue feeding homebound seniors in our community

It takes a village each and every day for Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland to serve the community’s seniors and homebound neighbors, and only with the support of hundreds of volunteers each month can the agency help meet their needs. The agency participated in the national 2014 March for Meals campaign (www.marchformeals.com) to rally and mobilize even more volunteers and community members to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland’s participation will also enable the agency to apply for a grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America for up to $10,000 to further support nutrition and other programs for Rockland’s seniors.

Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland held a Community Champions Week March 17th-21st as a part of its March for Meals Campaign.  Congresswoman Nita Lowey, NY State Assembly members Ken Zebrowski and Ellen Jaffee, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco,  Town of Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack,  Town of Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips, and Town of Stony Point Supervisor Geoffrey Finn all participated  by either delivering meals to the homebound or by serving meals at one of our five senior centers in the County. NY State Senator David Carlucci provided a proclamation in honor of March for Meals. In addition, 14 local Rotary Groups also participated in Community Champions Week by delivering meals in their towns and neighborhoods.

To add to the excitement, Greater Hudson Bank, participated in March for Meals by donating $1 to Meals on Wheels for every new Greater Hudson Bank Facebook Page Like and Twitter Follower during the month of March.   

“In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Barbara Kohlhausen, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland. “It means a lot to know that several of our local elected officials along with local Rotary groups and Greater Hudson Bank supported Meals on Wheels during our March for Meals campaign,” said Barbara Kohlhausen, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland

In addition to all of the community support, the agency’s own programs joined in on the March for Meals campaign as well: all of the agency’s five senior centers across the county held Open Houses to celebrate March for Meals, and the agency held a fundraiser at Levity Live Comedy Club that raised over $2,000 as part of the March for Meals Campaign.

About Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland

In the agency’s almost 40 years of delivering meals to the community’s homebound population Meals on Wheels has proudly served well over eight million meals. Meals on Wheels continues to advance its mission by providing for the nutritional needs of the elderly, reaching out to frail, isolated, and disadvantaged individuals and by providing a myriad of support services to those served. Through the Homebound Meal Delivery Program, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Center and other programs, the agency has impacted the lives of thousands of Rockland residents and their families.

 Meals on Wheels is a County Contract Agency operating with funding from the federal government Older Americans Act, New York State, the Office for the Aging, the County of Rockland, towns and villages, fees for services, grants and private contributions.  For further information call 845-624-6325

About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories.  More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit mowaa.org.

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rockland community foundation March 28, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Congratulations to Meals on Wheels for its wonderful achievement! The Rockland Community Foundation salutes the valuable work it does in meeting the needs of our community's homebound populations.


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