Nineteenth Annual March for Meals

Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) Joins in Month-Long March for Meals Celebration with Communities Nationwide – Support Will Help to Fight Senior Hunger and Isolation in Greater Rochester Amid the Pandemic and Beyond

The Older Persons’ Commission is participating in the 19th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home.

“In the last year, we have experienced a tremendous increase in the demand for our services due to the overwhelming impact of Covid 19,” said Renee Cortright, Executive Director of the OPC. “We have been in awe of the outpouring of community support, and we’re doing everything in our power to ensure that everyone in need of this vital service is aware and has access to it throughout this challenging time and beyond.”

The OPC has been serving Meals on Wheels to the Rochester community for over 40 years. Each month, including this March, the program serves 1,650 meals per week to local homebound seniors. Serving 300 Meals on Wheels clients each week, OPC is proud to be a longstanding resource to seniors throughout Northeast Oakland County.

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.

“The pandemic has introduced many of us to the newfound and harsh realities of food insecurity and social isolation – something that far too many seniors experience as their daily norm.” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Please join us in celebrating the power and importance of Meals on Wheels this March and always.”

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