The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build the support that will enable them to serve America’s seniors all year long. In March 1972, 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. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of that historic day, the March for Meals campaign gives businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who contribute so generously in their communities an opportunity to support homebound seniors.
Meals on Wheels is Designed to Specifically Meet the Nutritional & Social Needs of Seniors
22% of NEW JERSEY residents are senior citizens.
The average life expectancy today across the nation is 79 years.
17% of all NEW JERSEY seniors are food insecure.
Frequent In Home Visits Provide Opportunities to Meet Nutritional Needs, Combat Social Isolation, Address Safety Hazards, and Provide Holistic Care
And, While Hunger and Isolation Can Affect Anyone with Limited Mobility and Declining Health, Financial Strain Makes Them Much Worse
Over 1,100 meals are delivered every day by Meals on Wheels Monmouth County provided by Interfaith Neighbors by hundreds of volunteer and staff to seniors at home and 6 congregate sites.
Meals on Wheels can provide a senior citizen meals for one year for roughly the same cost as spending one day in the hospital or 10 days in a nursing home.
Impact of the COVID-19 Health Pandemic
Many older adults struggled with hunger and isolation before the coronavirus pandemic. These past two years have exacerbated these issues and increased the need for services like Meals on Wheels. Reporting from Meals on Wheels America shows an increase of seniors who reported that sometimes or often didn’t have enough to eat from 2.8% pre-pandemic to 4.9% in 2020 – a 75% increase.
Become a March for Meals Community Champion!
You can support Meals on Wheels by making a gift today.
Gifts of any size are gratefully accepted.
Gifts of $1,000, $500 or $250 will receive a banner with which you can proudly display your support of Monmouth County Senior Citizens.
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