2018 March for Meals Senior Hunger Awareness Campaign

Uniting elected officials, business leaders and community champions to advocate for the vulnerable seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels of RI services to remain healthy and independent in their own homes.

Sen. Jack Reed Delivers Meals to Homebound Cranston Couple

Sen. Jack Reed (left) and Cranston senior Eltore “Eddy” Santurri

On March 12, Sen. Jack Reed joined Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s March for Meals campaign by delivering meals to homebound Cranston seniors Eltore “Eddy” and Pauline Santurri.

The Santurris became Meals on Wheels of RI clients on March 1, after Pauline, 85, suffered a fracutred hip during a fall, making it difficult for her to continue to prepare meals. Eddy, 84, and Pauline report that Meals on Wheels of RI has been a Godsend to both of them.

Eddy, 84, a veteran who served with the Seabees constructing naval bases in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Casablanca, Morocco during the Korean War, and Pauline, a dedicated homemaker, will celebrate 63 years of marriage in April.

Gov. Gina Raimondo Launches 2018 March for Meals Campaign

Proclaiming March as “March For Meals Month,” Gov. Gina Raimondo on March 5 kicked off Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s month-long campaign by delivering a meal to one of the thousands of Rhode Island seniors who rely on the agency’s services to remain healthy and safe living in their own homes.

“It’s so important to support services that keep our seniors living at home where they want to be,” said Gov. Raimondo. “Meals on Wheels provides a vital lifeline and connection to the community for Rhode Island’s older adults. During my first year in office, I was proud to lead an effort to restore $300,000 in state funding to Meals on Wheels. I’m honored to be joining the kickoff for March for Meals today.”


Meals on Wheels of RI client Georgiana Perry, left, visits with Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Gov. Raimondo delivered a meal to and visited with Georgiana Perry, an 89-year-old lifelong Fox Point resident who said she would not be able to remain living in her longtime home without her daily home-delivered meals.

The governor was accompanied by Webster Bank Regional President Doug Scala. Webster Bank has been the campaign’s presenting sponsor for six years.

“For 82 years, Webster Bank has strived to and is proud to support organizations providing safety net services that make life better for citizens in need. Meals on Wheels has a critical mission unmatched in the state of Rhode Island and makes a difference in the lives of so many,” Scala said.

2018 March for Meals Elected Officials Delivery Dates

We are honored to have the support of our governor, congressional delegation and other elected officials in our March for Meals campaign and in our critical work in keeping our homebound Rhode Islanders nourished and safe.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse—Friday, March 16

R.I. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello—Tuesday, March 20

Mayor Allan Fung—Wednesday, March 21

Rep. Jim Langevin—Friday, March 23

Rep. David Ciccilline—Wednesday, March 28

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