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 served more than 223 million meals to over 2.4 million seniors prior to the pandemic.
Throughout the month, the Meals on Wheels network is joining forces for the awareness campaign to garner the support needed to ensure these critical programs can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come.
A local March for Meals campaign typically consists of:
- Fundraising Activities – independent or in partnership with local businesses
- Volunteer Drives – with the public and in partnership with local organizations
- Community Outreach – communications with supporters and publicity efforts with local media
Many programs will also invite local, state and federal officials, local celebrities and other prominent community figures to safely deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of their work during Community Champions Week March 21-25, 2022. Learn more about how you can get involved below.
This year, we'll celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program alongside our partners at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) – as well as other national organizations – as a way to lift up the many accomplishments of the national and local programs, acknowledge innovative approaches used to support seniors, and look at how education can help communities understand and use nutrition services.
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
March 22, 2022 - Facebook Live Town Hall Hosted by Meals on Wheels America and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) on Meals on Wheels America's Facebook page (More details to follow!)
March 31, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET - ACL's 50th Anniversary Special Virtual Event (More details to follow!)