Spin-a-Thon on March 20: March for Meals Plans Detailed

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Waterbury, CT

New Opportunities, Inc., will participate in the month-long, March for Meals Campaign, including Community Champions Week, a part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s national initiative to raise awareness for the Meals on Wheels initiative.

Local, state and federal elected officials, as well as local celebrities and businesses, have been invited to participate in events throughout March, particularly during the week of March 17 through March 21.

Events and community participation through the month will support the Meals on Wheels programs\, serving the greater Waterbury and Danbury areas homebound seniors.

The campaign week will include the annual Buy a Wheel Campaign, where local businesses offer their customers wheels for a $1 donation; a Spin-a-Thon scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at Fitness at the Edge, 1625 Straits Turnpike in Middlebury; and the Community Champions Deliver Meals event, for the week of March 17 through 21, where elected officials and area celebrities are invited to deliver meals through their local communities.

“We are excited about having local elected officials, celebrities and businesses participate in our March for Meals Events and Community Champions week,” said Lisa LaBonte, Director of Senior Nutrition Services. “Having had a waiting list for home-delivered meal services from October 2013 through January 2014, it has been a difficult year for Meals on Wheels.

“And while the waiting period has been lifted, the program continues to serve more meals than budgeted, with hopes that the March events will raise program awareness and assist in filling the financial gap.”

Last year, New Opportunities, Inc. Meals on Wheels Program served over 500,000 meals to 1,700 homebound seniors in the Greater Waterbury and Danbury areas.

Each day the program delivers two meals to over 700 seniors.

Businesses interested in participating in the Buy-A-Wheel or Spin-A-Thon events, or interested in pledging a spinner may contact Lisa LaBonte at 203-575-4208 or at www.newoppinc.org.

Across the United States, Senior Nutrition Programs like New Opportunities, Inc. promote March for Meals in their local communities, through public events, partnerships with local business, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

Community Champions Week is a component of March for Meals that utilizes the involvement of local mayors and other local elected officials.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America.

The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and represent local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

More than 5,000 local Meals on wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who work to create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes.

Those seeking further information or in search of a local Meals on Wheels program, may contact Lisa LaBonte at 203-575-4208 or may visit mowaa.org.

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