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March for Meals raises awareness of senior hunger

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As we start this new month, the National Meals on Wheels Association of America kicks off its campaign March for Meals.
Organizers say the goals of this campaign are to raise awareness about senior citizens who go hungry, and to call attention to the home-delivered Meals on Wheels option.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America reports that in 2010, 8.3 million Americans, age 60 and older, faced the threat of hunger. That's an increase of 78% percent from 2001.

Organization officials say there are many reasons why seniors go hungry, like many simply not having enough money to make two or three meals a day. Meals on Wheels programs help offset these costs for low-income seniors through donations and volunteers offering their time to deliver the meals.
Meals on Wheels is available to all seniors, not just low-income seniors.

Locally, there are several noon programs and one evening program. Independent Living, Inc. operates the sole Evening Meals on Wheels program in Dane County.

If you would like more information on that program, click here.

Michelle Christenson, the program director for Meals on Wheels, and Linda Lane, chief operating officer of Independent Living, joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.

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