FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Oswego County OpportunitiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Senior Services is asking Oswego County residents to be a part of its annual March for Meals campaign and join in the pledge to end senior hunger by 2020.
OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s March for Meals campaign helps to raise the awareness of senior hunger in our community and serves as a fundraiser to help support the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Delivered Meal Service.
Program services coordinator Trinity Engle said that this year the campaign is encouraging community members to support OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Home Delivered Meal Service by pledging to end senior hunger by 2020.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are inviting everyone in our community to visit one of our eight senior dining and activity centers or at our administrative offices at 239 Oneida St. and sign a pledge to end senior hunger by 2020,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Engle. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will also be accepting donations throughout the month.Ã‚Â It costs approximately $5 to feed one homebound senior for one day. We will gladly accept donations of any size to help us continue our Home Delivered Meal Service.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Engle added that everyone who signs the pledge would have his or her name included on OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pledge Tablecloth.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will be attending the annual Meals on Wheels conference in Atlanta, where we will help kick off the movement to end senior hunger by 2020 with a huge hunger rally in Freedom Park. We will lay our tablecloth, along with other tablecloths from all over America in Freedom Park to help demonstrate how serious we are about ending senior hunger by 2020,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
OCO is also inviting mayors and community leaders from throughout Oswego County to assist them by helping deliver meals to seniors on Mayors For Meals Day.
On March 24 mayors will have the opportunity to ride along with OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Meals on Wheels drivers and deliver meals to seniors in their community.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a wonderful opportunity for the mayors and community leaders to meet some of their constituents and see first-hand the value of the Meals on Wheels program,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Engle.
Administered through OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Senior Services and funded in part through Oswego County Office for the Aging, the Home Delivered Meal Service provides delivery of nutritious meals to Oswego County residents who are home bound.
Program participants receive two nutritionally balanced meals a day up to five days a week.
Holiday meals are also available for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In addition, OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Senior Services administers eight dining and activity centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal and visit with friends.
These centers are located in Fulton, Pulaski, Oswego, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Constantia.
For more information, call Engle at 598-4712.
OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.
OCO is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.
For more information, visit www.oco.org