FULTON, NY – OCO Nutrition Services staff is inviting area mayors, legislators, and other elected officials to join them in their annual March For Meals campaign.
The week of March 20 has been named Community Champions Week and OCO is inviting local officials to volunteer their time to assist with OCO’s Meals on Wheels program or help serve meals at OCO’s Dining and Activity Centers.
“It’s a great way for elected officials to demonstrate their concern for hungry seniors in our communities,” said Director of OCO Nutrition Services Amy Roland. “Participation in our home delivered Meals on Wheels program and an appearance at our Dining and Activity Centers will help us raise awareness of senior hunger in Oswego County. It also provides elected officials a chance to meet some of their constituents and witness first-hand the value of our Home Delivered Meals program and our Dining and Activity Centers.”
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs.
This March hundreds, of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country will reach out to their communities to build the support a program that delivers nutritious meals and provides friendly visits and safety checks to seniors all year long.
Those interested in participating in Community Champions Week are asked to contact Program Services Coordinator Bridget Dolbear at 315-598-4712, ext. 1813 or via e-mail at [email protected]
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 per day of service.
Up to seven days’ worth of meals can be ordered per 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 Cleveland.
OCO Nutrition Services programs are partially supported through grants from OCO partners: Oswego County Office for the Aging; New York State Office for the Aging; and the United Way of Greater Oswego, Inc.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of approximately 20,000 Oswego County residents each year.
One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs nearly 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.
OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.
For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org.