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County Seat Recognizes March as ‘Meals Month’

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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:00 pm

The County Seat Senior Center is recognizing March as “Meals Month” with activities like Mayors for Meals this Wednesday.

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and County Seat Senior Center Administrator Cathy Christensen are urging residents to take time this month to honor our senior nutrition programs, the seniors they serve and the volunteers who care for them.

Recognition of and involvement in the national 2014 March for Meals campaign can enrich the entire community and help end senior hunger in America so “no senior goes hungry.”

In March 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America established the National March for Meals Campaign in March 2002 to recognize the historic month, the importance of Older Americans Act Senior Nutrition Programs and raise awareness about senior hunger in America.

The campaign provides an opportunity to support programs that deliver vital and critical services by donating, volunteering and raising awareness about senior hunger.

senior nutrition programs in Missouri have served communities for more than 40 years. Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels programs in Missouri are the backbone of the program and they not only deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities, but also caring concern and attention to their welfare.

Programs in Missouri provide nutritious meals to seniors throughout the state and help them to avoid premature or unnecessary hospitalization and institutionalization.

The programs also provide a powerful socialization opportunity for millions of seniors to help combat loneliness and isolation, and deserve recognition for the contributions they have made and will continue to make to local communities, the state and nation.

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