PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas announced it will be participating in the national 2014 March For Meals campaign. The Agency's March For Meals events will include Penny Wars at area schools, as well as a new event, A Mile of Money. On March 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the White Hall High School track, volunteers and staff will be laying out a Mile of Money in an effort to raise $20,000 for Meals on Wheels. Using the change collected in the classrooms, additional donations will be accepted in hopes of stretching a mile of coins around the track. There will be games, refreshments and a silent auction.
"In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever," said Jackie Brewer, Senior Center Manager of the Bradshaw Senior Center. "We encourage the entire family to make a commitment to helping Meals on Wheels. We need everyone's help to reach our goal. Please remember that your donation is feeding someone's grandmother or grandfather. Our clients are counting on us. We can't let them down."
March For Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like the Area Agency on Aging promote March For Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
About the Area Agency on Aging
The Agency delivers 400 meals each day to homebound older individuals throughout Jefferson County, with a minimum of 60 people on the waiting list. For many this is the only hot meal they eat and the delivery person is the only visitor they will see. The cost to deliver one meal per day to one individual for a year is $1,562. But funding for this program continues to decline. This service is vital to our community.