Close to 20 community leaders from St. Joseph County are participating in the 15th annual March for Meals Community Champions Week of March 20-24.

This national campaign is an annual month-long event and is led by Meals on Wheels America. It is designed to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation, both serious problems currently impacting our community and the nation at large. It also celebrates the invaluable services provided by the Meals on Wheels programs – both home-delivered and congregate – in virtually every community across the country.

More than 400 seniors in St Joseph County are served by the Meals on Wheels program which is run by the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging.

Given the exemplary public-private partnership Meals on Wheels embodies, this annual campaign is also intended to showcase the successes of the Older Americans Act, help recruit new volunteers from our community and to increase fundraising from local businesses and supporters.

These are the community leaders that participated this year:
COA Advisory Board Members: Chuck Thompson, Steve Boland, Jim MacTavish and Al Heivilin
A Representative from Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office
Representative Aaron Miller
Three Rivers Police Chief Tom Bringman
Three Rivers Fire Chief Carl Holcomb
Sturgis Mayor Robert Hile
St. Joe County Clerk Lindsay Oswald
Colon Village President Diane Downs
St. Joe County Commissioner Dennis Allen

This event gave these community leaders a great opportunity to connect with vulnerable seniors in our community and help St Joseph County Commission on Aging gain much-needed visibility for this cause. We are sincerely grateful for their participation.

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