Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley recently announced that it will be participating in the 17th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain health and independent at home. Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including special deliveries by elected officials, local celebrities, groups and even the Lehigh Valley Roller Derby team.
The following persons/groups will be delivering meals from our Bethlehem location:
Rep. Steve Samuelson March 14
Rep. Susan Wild and Team March 19
N. Michael Bryant, Supervisor Williams Twp. March 20
Lamont McClure & Becky Bartlett March 21
Frank Brooks, Tina Smith & Sue Wandalowski March 29
LV Roller Derby Team March 29
Nam Knights new date TBA
The following persons will be delivering meals from our Allentown location:
Phil Armstrong March 20 – tentative
Mayors of Allentown & Slatington March 27
”The services we provide are a lifeline for seniors of the Lehigh Valley and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Vicki Coyle, Chief Executive Officer “Together, we can keep our senior neighbors well-nourished, feeling safer and more connected to our community as they age.”
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. Since 2002, community-based 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.
“The month of March is a fitting time to not only celebrate the successful history of Meals on Wheels, but also bring us together to support a solution that will strengthen communities into the future,” 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.”