Fulton, NY â€“ Thanks to the generous support of concerned community members and the efforts of many volunteers, Oswego County Opportunitiesâ€™ March for Meals Campaign successfully raised almost $1,000 and will provide an additional 400 meals for the many Oswego County seniors who participate in this popular program.
In addition to raising funds for OCOâ€™s Home Delivered Meal Service, the event also helped to raise awareness of the service and the need for food subsidy for seniors in our community. â€œWe were very pleased with the amount of people who chose to visit one of our eight Senior Dining and Activity Sites in Oswego County,â€ said Program Services Coordinator, Trinity Engle. â€œIn addition 1,208 community members pledged their support to help our efforts to end senior hunger by 2020. Their names have been added to OCOâ€™s Pledge Tablecloth that will be displayed in Freedom Park in Atlanta during a huge rally to kick-off the nation wide effort to end senior hunger by 2020.â€
â€œI wish to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make Oswego County Opportunitiesâ€™ March for Meals event such a success, and recognize our many volunteers who helped us deliver meals to the seniors during our campaign including those who participated in our Mayors for Meals day: Sandy Creek Town Supervisor, Lonnie Crast; Pulaski Chief of Police, Ellery Terpening; Director of Oswego County Office for the Aging, Larry Schmidt; Oswego City Tourism Director, Fred Crisafulli; Phoenix Mayor, Anthony Fratto; Oswego County Legislator, Terry Wilbur of Hannibal; Hannibal Mayor. Fred Kent; Fulton Mayor, Ronald Woodard;
Fulton Fire Commissioner, Allan DeLine; Fulton Fire Chief, Anthony Gorea; 1st Ward Fulton Alderman, Thomas Kenyon; Deputy Supervisor for Parish, Fred Swartz; Mexico Mayor, Terry Grimshaw; Oswego County Legislator, Ron Sakonyi of Constantia;
OCO employees; Senior Nutrition Director, Amy Roland; Health & Nutrition Director, Ellen Holst; Director of Information and Compliance, Betsy Copps, Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Irland, and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper Currier.â€
Administered through OCOâ€™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.
OCOâ€™s Senior Services administers eight Senior 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 on OCOâ€™s March for Meals campaign you may contact Trinity Engle at 598-4712.
OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of over 20,000 people annually. OCO, Inc is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency. For more information visit the website at www.oco.org.
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