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March for Meals Supports Mendonoma’s Coastal Seniors
March for Meals is an annual event put on by Meals on Wheels America. This is the 14th annual month-long campaign that is geared toward raising awareness for senior hunger and isolation on a national level by promoting local organizations (like our own COASTAL SENIORS) to participate and host their own campaigns.
ABALONE BAY PROUDLY SUPPORTS MENDONOMA COASTAL SENIORS
And we THANK YOU- OUR GUESTS for helping us support this worthy local organization! It is through your bookings of Abalone Bay that we are able to give back to our community.
Mendonoma COASTAL SENIORS is a bi-county senior services organization that serves over 50 miles of rugged coastline between Stewarts Point in Sonoma County through Irish Beach in Mendocino County and inland areas like Annapolis.
Our area is mostly known for its beautiful scenery and wonderful vacation spots but mostly, people are unaware that the seniors we serve are more isolated than in any other area because of the rural, rugged environment we live in. Some of our homebound senior clients live over a mile off of the main highway down unpaved roads and can be invisible to the rest of the community and those visiting.
That is why we take our March for Meals campaign so seriously!
WHY MARCH FOR MEALS IS SO IMPORTANT
On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.
For nearly 45 years, these critical programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – have delivered more than just nutritious meals to homebound seniors in virtually every community across the country. And, the dedicated staff and volunteers who deliver these meals each week provide a vital lifeline and connection to the community, which are sometimes all it takes to keep our senior neighbors at home, where they want to be.
Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to celebrate this proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.
MENDONOMA COASTAL SENIORS PLANNED EVENTS
Mendonoma COASTAL SENIORS will be doing the following to celebrate its campaign, which began on March 1 and goes through March 31:
√ They’ve teamed with 20 local organizations who are selling $1 March for Meals donation tags in their businesses
√ They’ve invited government leaders into their programs to volunteer for a day to see first-hand why our Meals on Wheels and senior lunch programs are so important to their community. In prior years they received visits from Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor Dan Hamburg, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman, and more.
So far they have visits scheduled with Heather Gurewitz from Congressman Huffman‘s office, Mendocino County 5th District Supervisor Dan Hamburg, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman, and Point Arena District Trustee Leslie Bates.
A few representatives have responded (Senator Boxer and Supervisor Carrillo) and regret that they cannot make it but we should be seeing Tweets and Facebook posts about Coastal Seniors’ March for Meals campaign from those rep!
√ They work with the local elementary school teachers and staff to put on a spaghetti dinner dedicated to the campaign
√ The biggest part of their campaign: the 5K March for Meals walk, which will take place on Saturday, March 26 at the Gualala Point Regional Park in The Sea Ranch.
Information about the walk can be found on the “menus & Events” page of COASTAL SENIORS website:www.coastalseniors.org or on the organization’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/
All money raised through the local campaign funds COASTAL SENIORS programs stays local to help our seniors.
This year over 315 senior programs in over 25 states across the country are leading campaigns.
For those of you who cannot attend any of the events but would like to contribute toward the campaign, donations can be made with a credit card over the phone at (707) 882-2137 or via PayPal by clicking here.