March for Meals campaign connects local leaders with older residents

Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage is pictured here with Beth Domanik, a LifeCare Alliance associate. The mayor participated in March for Meals campaign through LifeCare Alliance.

To mark the 52nd anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, LifeCare Alliance recently set aside time for its annual March For Meals campaign. For this event, Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage served his local community during this campaign, delivering a meal route to seniors.

March For Meals is a nationally organized effort calling attention to the importance of Meals-On-Wheels home meal delivery and daily wellness checks for older adults in the community. During March For Meals, local elected officials in central Ohio had an opportunity to connect with constituents served by LifeCare Alliance, while also raising awareness for senior hunger and isolation.

In 1972, President Nixon signed into law a measure amending the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors. This legislation supported the rapid growth of the nationwide network of senior nutrition programs commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels. The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program is the only federally supported program designed to address both senior hunger and isolation.

In five counties across central Ohio, LifeCare Alliance is the Meals-On-Wheels program serving more than 6,000 meals a day. During March For Meals, the agency brings this critical mission to the attention of influencers and stakeholders within our community to make sure this work continues to be supported at a local, state, and federal level.

Demand for home meal delivery in central Ohio has risen as high as 87 percent above pre-pandemic numbers, and LifeCare Alliance is still able to operate without a waiting list thanks partially to the support of these leaders.

“After the pandemic, seniors are more isolated than ever,” said Charles Gehring, president of LifeCare Alliance. “Some days, our delivery drivers and volunteers are the only human contact our clients have. That’s why our services are essential to both the physical and mental health and well-being of seniors, and they prove that being there matters.”

LifeCare Alliance is a nationally recognized non-profit human services organization. For more information or to volunteer to deliver meals, visit lifecarealliance.org.

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