Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties announced today that it will be participating in the national 2010 March For Meals campaign beginning March 1.

Meals-on-Wheels is holding several events during the month to celebrate March For Meals. 

In addition to an ongoing, county-wide publicity campaign throughout the month, Meals-on-Wheels will host a volunteer reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Holiday Inn in Waxahachie, and then, hosting local mayors and elected officials on Wednesday, March 24, where each will deliver in their respective communities. 

To end the month-long celebration, Meals-on-Wheels will have an evening of swing dancing, dinner and more at its annual benefit, “Remember When … a Fabulous Forties’ Fling.” 

The event is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the National Guard Armory in Waxahachie. Tickets are $75 each or tables for $1,000. Sponsorships are also available at varying levels.

“We are excited about our upcoming benefit in celebrating those we serve — the Greatest Generation. March For Meals is really all about our clients and how we can help them,” said Amy Jackson, director of development. “Our goal is to recruit as many people in each community to become involved with Meals-on-Wheels.”

March For Meals is a national campaign, initiated and sponsored by Meals On Wheels Association of America, to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, promote March For Meals in their local communities through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

A major aspect of the 2010 March For Meals campaign is for Americans to team up with their local Meals On Wheels program and take the pledge to end senior hunger in America by 2020. This national movement comes at a good time, as recent MOWAA research studies have revealed that the problem of senior hunger in America is indeed growing worse. In fact, Texas is ranked No. 4 in the nation for elderly food insecurity.  Currently, one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger in the United States.

Meals-on-Wheels is a community-based, nonprofit organization serving the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Johnson and Ellis counties. For more information about the March For Meals events or about Meals-on-Wheels services, call 972-351-9943 or visit www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org. 

For more information on the 2010 March For Meals campaign, contact Meals on Wheels Association of America at www.mowaa.org.