Local elected officials will be delivering meals on Wheels with Elder Services of Worcester Area’s (ESWA) Meals on Wheels Program in honor of the 2019 March for Meals.

“This month, ESWA’s Meals on Wheels program has enlisted local elected officials to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels,” said Jim Burns, ESWA’s Nutrition Program Director. “We are very excited to have 10 towns participating, including the city of Worcester. Some of our special guests include: Congressman Jim McGovern, Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus, Senator Michael Moore, and State Representative Jim O’Day.”

Other elected officials participating in the campaign include: State Representative Donnie Berthiaume of Barre; State Representative Kimberly Ferguson of Holden; State Representative Paul Frost of Millbury; State Representative Daniel Donahue of Worcester; State Representative David Muradian of Grafton, State Representative David LeBoeuf of Leicester; State Representative Hannah Kane of Shrewsbury; Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson; Select person Carol Riches of Paxton; Selectperson Kaye Peltier of Millbury; and Worcester City Councilors Sean Rose, and Sarai Rivera.

“Everyday we deliver an average of 1375 meals to homebound older adults in 15 communities. In many cases, their Meals on Wheels Driver is the only person that a client sees in a day. This year’s March for Meals campaign celebrates the importance of the work we do serving our communities most vulnerable citizens, “said Jim Burns.

The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President 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. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“We commend all of our 2019 Community Champions for stepping up in support of Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in the greater Worcester area this March, visit www.eswa.org.