Meals on Wheels of RI’s Annual Public Awareness and Fundraising Campaign
March For Meals unites elected officials, business leaders and community champions to rally public support for the organization’s critical work in combating the issues of senior food insecurity and isolation across the state. In 2020, Meals on Wheels of RI’s Home-Delivered Meal Program provided more than 336,000 meals, well-being checks, and social visits to 2,748 homebound Rhode Islanders.
Another 605 more mobile seniors were served through Meals on Wheels of RI’s Capital City Café Program, which was converted to home-delivered meals during the pandemic.
“We are very proud that our services have continued without disruption and that we’ve been able to provide our homebound clients with the nutrition, wellness checks, and socialization they need to stay healthy and safe in their own homes throughout this crisis,” said Meals on Wheels of RI Executive Director Meghan Grady. “March for Meals is about bringing together all of our supporters to recognize that the need for this work continues to grow as does the need to raise the funds that will support it now and in the future.”
Throughout March, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, state officials and mayors, as well as campaign sponsors will deliver complete and nutritious meals to Meals on Wheels of RI clients, lending their strong voices to public advocacy for the continuation and expansion of the organization’s critical programs.
Meal deliveries will be conducted in a socially-distanced manner, with all proper protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of Meals on Wheels of RI clients and delivery participants.
“This year’s March for Meals is a call to action for all Rhode Islanders to make a commitment to Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island and the health and safety of our homebound seniors,” said Board Chair Kevin Millonzi, owner of Millonzi’s Fine Catering. “If you know someone who needs our services, inquire about signing them up for the Home-Delivered Meal Program. If you would like to volunteer, ask about those opportunities. And, please, if you can, make a donation today to support our seniors.”
The 2021 March for Meals Campaign will kick off on Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m. with a speaking program streamed live through Meals on Wheels of RI’s Facebook page.
To support the campaign, and the seniors we serve, make a donation online today or mail a check made out to Meals on Wheels of RI to: 70 Bath St., Providence, RI 02908.