Meals On Wheels celebrating 15th anniversary
Meals On Wheels America is celebrating the 15th annual March for Meals fundraiser, which is designed to rally communities nationwide around the vulnerable seniors.
Countless seniors rely on the safety net of Meals On Wheels to remain healthy and independent in their own homes.
The Monticello Senior Citizen Center holds the meals for seniors fundraiser during the Spring to help fund the local meal program for the year. The main purpose of the local Senior Center is to help the elderly live independently for as long as possible. The Monticello Meals On Wheels program provides meal delivery to seniors who are homebound in the area.
The national organization has met with Congress and asked everyone across the nation to enlist elected offi cials to help raise awareness about the fi ght of senior hunger.
Interim Monticello Mayor David Anderson joined the local van drivers to assist in meal deliveries this week.
“South Arkansas has experienced a steady decline in federal and state funding,” center director Barbara Abston said. “Because of this, our local center is having to do more fundraising to keep the program going and provide the same services. All the money raised remains at the local center and is tax deductible.”
This season, the Monticello center will hold several fundraisers including a walk-a-thon with Monticello Middle School and an afghan ticket sale.
The center is open Monday through Friday to any senior citizen who is 60 or older. The center does have vans available to provide transportation to and from the center and to local doctor visits.
For information on center activities or ways to contribute, call 870- 367-2434.