For more than 20 years, the Meals On Wheels network has claimed the month of March to rally communities around its vital service, celebrate our senior neighbors and increase support for this successful public-private partnership that has ensured millions of older Americans can remain healthy and independent at home. This annual celebration comes at a time when eight out of ten local Meals on Wheels programs are still delivering meals to more older adults than they were prior to the pandemic, and operational and food costs are soaring due to historic inflation. The network expects the demand is here to stay as COVID-19's impact on older adults goes beyond a higher risk for serious infection: it also includes limited access to care leading to a decline in overall health and wellbeing, as well as considerable social and economic hardships. All of which leaves an already vulnerable population even more in need of the safety net that Meals on Wheels delivers.
WHY WE CELEBRATE EACH MARCH
Each year, the 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. This legislation supported the rapid growth of the nationwide network of senior nutrition programs – commonly referred to as Meals On Wheels – that collectively serve more than 247 million meals to 2.8 million seniors each year. On March 23, 2023, Senior Services will participate in the Greater Salina Community Foundation, Match Madness 2023. This is an opportunity for everyone to come to the Salina Fieldhouse and learn about our local Meals On Wheels program as well as other charitable organizations.
The MATCH MADNESS GIVING DAY is happening. Donations will be collected for your favorite charities, and they will be matched! Everyone is encouraged to do one of the following:
· Donate in person at the Salina Fieldhouse, 140 N. 5th St. from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. · Donate online at www.matchmadnessgscf.org - 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
· Mail cash or check donations (with a completed donation form) to the community foundation at PO Box 2876, Salina, KS 67402-2876. These must be postmarked March 23, 2023.
The event will be held at the Salina Fieldhouse from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with events being held throughout the day!
· Donation Station
· Enjoy Food Trucks
· Nonprofit Booths
· Free Throw and Half Court Shot Contest
· Free Snacks