POMEROY — Each March for the past 15 years, the Meigs County Council on Aging and others around the country have taken part in March for Meals campaign to benefit local Meals on Wheels programs.
For the Meigs County Council on Aging, March includes fundraisers and events which can bring in around $13,000 to $15,000 to support the Meals on Wheels program according to Beth Shaver, executive director of the Meigs Council on Aging.
There are several purposes to the annual campaign, including raising awareness of nutritional need of seniors, as well as promoting the local programs.
Shaver said that national statistics show 1 out of every 6 people over 60 is food insufficient, meaning they do not have access to nutritional foods. She estimated that the figure may be higher in rural areas.
There are approximately 15 spots for the Meals on Wheels program which are funded, with the rest on a sliding fee scale offset by local levy dollars, as well as donations and fundraising.
There are around 75 people per day receiving meals through the Meals on Wheels program, while more come to the Senior Center for a meal, activities and socialization with one another.
Meals on Wheels, as well as daily lunch programs at the Council on Aging work to offset that number by offering meals which meet nutritional guidelines.
Earlier this month the Council on Aging hosted its annual basket games, raising around $3,000 for the Meals on Wheels Program.
Home National Bank also hosts its annual Stop Hunger Games in March with the proceeds going to the Meals on Wheels program.
One of the main events for the month is the annual fundraising dinner and cake baking contest.
Fundraising Dinner and Cake Baking Contest will be held on March 30 at the Senior Center, featuring a spaghetti dinner, cake contest and cake auction. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cake contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m., with the cake auction at 6:30 p.m.
Cakes will be judged in several categories, as well as the awarding of a grand and reserve champion and the Director’s Award.
All proceeds from the events benefit the Meals on Wheels Program in Meigs County.
Sponsors for the 2017 edition of March for Meals include Farmers Bank, PDK Construction, Taz’s Marathon, Karr Audiology and Hearing Aids, DV Weber Construction, Hills Classic Cars LLC, Arbors of Pomeroy, Valley Lumber, Swisher & Lohse Pharmacy, Dr. Douglas and Tonja Hunter, Simmons, Musser & Warner Ins., Home National Bank, Ridenour Gas Service, Dairy Queen of Middleport, King Ace Hardware and Angel Accounting.
Shaver said the Council on Aging has some new things taking place later this year, with a new program to be announced the night of the dinner and cake contest, as well as work continuing at the Council on Agings future location in Middleport.
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