Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc. announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc.’s March for Meals celebration will include mayors, city and county officials, superintendents and state representatives delivering meals during the month of March. A direct mail campaign will also take place to raise money for the provision of meals. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit our website at www.mowks.org/hosc.shtml
“The services that we provide the seniors of Shawnee and Jefferson counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing” said Heidi Pickerell, president & CEO of Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc., will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long.
“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”
For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Shawnee and Jefferson counties and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com.
Shawnee County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon:
Please join us for the 2017 Shawnee County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12 noon – Big Gage Shelter House at Gage Park. Lunch will be provided by Atria Hearthstone. Please RSVP by April 14, 2017 by calling (785) 295-3995.
Jefferson County Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Please join us for the 2017 Jefferson County Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. – St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Meriden. Please RSVP by April 7, 2017 by calling (785) 295-3995.
“Topeka Gives – a fun day of giving sponsored by the Topeka Community Foundation” — June 6th — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Fairlawn Plaza
Topeka Gives is a one-day event celebrating the Topeka Community Foundation’s partnership with non-profit organizations in Topeka. The Topeka Community Foundation will provide $83,250 in “match” money for contributions made to support more than 100 different non-profit organizations in the community. Contributions made by check, cash or credit card will be accepted inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall on June 6th only. There will be a $25 minimum gift. While there is no maximum gift amount … matching funds will be awarded to the first $1,000 of each donor’s contribution. 100% of your gift plus the Foundation’s match will be passed on to the organization (s) you select on your contribution form. Please consider supporting Meals on Wheels.