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OCO Invites Local Officials to become Community Champions

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.

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Director of Oswego County Office for the Aging Sara Sunday (left) and Meals on Wheels Volunteer driver Laraine Crisafulli prepare to deliver meals to homebound seniors during last year’s OCO Nutrition Services March for Meals campaign. OCO is inviting area mayors, legislators, and other elected officials to participate in this year’s March For Meals campaign.

The week of March 21 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.

“More than ever, we must join forces – local Meals on Wheels programs, governments, businesses and concerned individuals – to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

Those interested in participating in Community Champions Week are asked to contact 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 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.

Did you know? OCO is “Fifty and Fabulous!” The non-profit agency celebrates 50 years of service in 2016.

OCO offers more than 50 human service programs that serve more than 24,000 people each year.

Operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County, OCO’s workforce has more than 550 employees and 1,200 volunteers.

Visit www.oco.org for more information.