HINTON, (Hinton News) – Summers County Council on Aging, Inc. announced today that it will be participating in the 21st annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid a lingering pandemic and high inflation. Summers County Council on Aging, Inc. celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including local Champions and Officials helping serve and deliver meals to shut-ins.
“The services that we provide the seniors of Summers County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Cindy Garrett, Executive Director of Summers County Council On Aging, Inc. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”
Summers County Council On Aging has been serving seniors and disabled in Summers County for more than 45 years providing hot meals daily at our center and delivering to shut-ins in addition to various in-home service programs.
The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This critical support and federal funding has fueled the growth of the Meals on Wheels network for more than 50 years. During the month, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country will join forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the resources needed to reach every senior in need of a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check.
“March is an important time for us to come together to ensure that Meals on Wheels is there for all of our senior neighbors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “The demand for services is already great and approximately 12,000 Americans are turning 60 every day. We must maintain and expand the programs that have helped so many get through this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. We can’t do it alone. It takes all of us to keep the nationwide Meals on Wheels movement going.”
For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Summers County this March, contact Cindy Garrett at (304)466-4019 ext. 123
Come and join us for a meal at 120 2nd Ave Hinton. For more information about our nutrition program, center or programs visit summersseniors.com.