Senior Citizens with Inadequate Food Have More Than Doubled: Programs Like Meals on Wheels Are Dedicated to Fighting the Problem

Meals on Wheels programs all over the United States, including  one in Frederick County,  have taken on one of the nation’s most pressing challenges — older Americans who don’t get enough nutritious food.

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MoW programs all over America are trying to help the nation provide balanced daily diets to the growing number of homebound seniors who lack adequate food.  According to studies conducted in recent years, the number of elderly Americans unable to obtain enough food more than doubled between 2001 and 2011, and in 2011, 4.8 million seniors — 8.4 percent of the senior citizen population — faced not having sufficient diets.*  Continue reading

Annual Meals on Wheels Campaign Highlights Need for Volunteers, Donations

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Hundreds of Meals on Wheels (MoW) programs in communities all over the country are participating this month in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign to raise greater awareness and support for MoW.

This effort, led by Meals on Wheels America, involves seeking donations and volunteers in outreach to county and local governments, businesses, service organizations and individual residents who may become volunteers.  In Frederick County, the Department of Aging is contacting county and municipal government officials all over the county.

A highlight of the local month-long promotional effort will be Community Champion Week March 16-20 when community leaders accompany volunteers during meal deliveries to learn why the program is so important to homebound elderly and disabled recipients. Continue reading