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Local Officials Aid March for Meals Campaign

FULTON, NY – Area mayors and elected officials donned their March for Meals hats and showed their support for OCO’s Meals on Wheels program during OCO’s Community Champions Week.

Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services invited area mayors and elected officials to be participate in its Community Champions Week. Part of OCO’s March for Meals campaign, Community Champions Week provided volunteers with the opportunity to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program.  Pictured is Director of Oswego County Office for the Aging Sara Sunday (left) who served meals during the March for Meals Community Champions Week, and Meals on Wheels Volunteer driver Laraine Crisafulli.
Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services invited area mayors and elected officials to be participate in its Community Champions Week. Part of OCO’s March for Meals campaign, Community Champions Week provided volunteers with the opportunity to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program. Pictured is Director of Oswego County Office for the Aging Sara Sunday (left) who served meals during the March for Meals Community Champions Week, and Meals on Wheels Volunteer driver Laraine Crisafulli.

Community leaders and members of OCO’s administration department also participated as community champions helped deliver meals to home bound seniors in Oswego County.

Community Champions Week was part of OCO’s annual March for Meals Campaign.

The event helped to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and the effectiveness of the Meals on Wheels program.

“We offered our mayors and community leaders the opportunity to show their support for our community’s hungry seniors during our Champions Week and they were more than happy to participate. They said they enjoyed the chance to meet some of their constituents and witness first-hand the value of our Home Delivered Meals program,” said Program Services Coordinator Bridget Dolbear.

According to Dolbear, Champions Week was a great success with more than 5,000 meals delivered to homebound seniors or served at one of six OCO Activity Centers.

Administered through OCO’s Nutrition Services and funded in part through Oswego County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, and United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Home Delivered Meal Service delivers approximately 1,000 meals each day to homebound seniors throughout the county.

Program participants receive two nutritionally balanced meals a day up to five days a week.

Additionally, OCO’s Nutrition Services administers six Dining and Activity Centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal and visit with friends.

These centers are located in Fulton, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Constantia.

Dolbear added that photos from of the March For Meals activities held at OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers are posted on the program’s Facebook page, OCO Senior Centers.

“I encourage community members to like us on Facebook and see all the wonderful things happening at our dining and activity centers!” said Dolbear.

For more information on OCO’s Home Delivered Meals Program and to learn how you can help put an end to senior hunger, contact Dolbear at OCO Senior Nutrition Services, 315-598-4712, ext. 1813 or via e-mail at [email protected]

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 28,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 650 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,000.

OCO continues to build partnerships and is on a roll as it strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit www.oco.org