Mayor Baird joins in month-long 'March for Meals' effort

Support will help to fight senior hunger and isolation in community

Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit announced this week that it will be participating in the 17th annual March for Meals — a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels senior citizens who rely on the vital service to remain health and independent at home.

During this week’s City Council meeting, Lee’s Summit Mayor Bill Baird proclaimed March 2019 as the 17th Annual March for Meals Month. Baird will also join Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit volunteers on March 18th at Lee’s Summit Medical Center to prepare and deliver meals.

”The services we provide are a lifeline for seniors of Lee’s Summit and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Susie Newsam, Board President of Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit. “Together, we can keep our senior neighbors well-nourished, feeling safer and more connected to our community as they age.”

The organization has grown exponentially over the years and with the help of Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s food services staff, prepare and deliver more than 300 meals to seniors and the disabled in Lee’s Summit each week. Since 1974, Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit has served over a half-million meals.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“The month of March is a fitting time to not only celebrate the successful history of Meals on Wheels, but also bring us together to support a solution that will strengthen communities into the future,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”

For more information, contact Terry Kincheloe at MOWofLS@gmail.com or 816-876-1201, and visit or www.marchformeals.com.