Champlain Valley Agency on Aging Participates in March for Meals: A nationwide Meals On Wheels Initiative

February 19, 2016  
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Support will help to fight senior isolation and hunger in Vermont

 

Essex Junction, VT (February 18, 2016) – Champlain Valley Agency of Aging (CVAA) announced today that it will be participating in the 14th 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.

 

In Northwestern Vermont, CVAA oversees more than 60 Meals on Wheels routes.  With the help of over 350 volunteers and partners, meals are delivered to seniors every day of the week. Throughout the Month of March, CVAA will bring attention to Meals on Wheels to help the thousands of seniors in Vermont that are threatened by hunger and isolation.

 

“This past year Champlain Valley Agency on Aging served over 225,000 meals to local seniors and that need is rapidly increasing,” said Sara Wool, Director of Development & Communications at Champlain Valley Agency on Aging. “Every person deserves to age well and with the support of the community and area businesses, we believe that we can meet that need.”

 

CVAA’s 2016 March for Meals celebration begins with a Kickoff at Switchback Brewery on March 2, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The organization has also enlisted the help of prominent officials to help raise awareness throughout March by attending senior community meals and delivering meals. Participating officials include House Representative and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kesha Ram, Governor Peter Shumlin, Kevin Veller from Senator Leahy’s office, along with Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates, Matt Dunne, Sue Minter, and Bruce Lisman.

 

In addition to these efforts, area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to Sponsor-A-Route; whereas meals are provided to seniors for a selected period of time in exchange for exposure and promotion of their support. Several Sponsor-A-Route supporters have already pledged to contribute, including Birchwood Terrace, The Rotary Club of Middlebury, Booska Movers, Inc., Switchback Brewing Co., and Catering by Dale.

 

For more information on how you can help the seniors in Northwestern Vermont and Sponsor-A-Route, visit http://www.cvaa.org/march-for-meals.html.

 

 

About Champlain Valley Agency on Aging

Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) is a nonprofit organization that serves four counties: Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. They believe that every person deserves to age well. Since 1974, CVAA has delivered over 9 million meals, provided nutrition and case management services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through our senior helpline. To learn more, visit: www.cvaa.org

 

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

 

 

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