[March 14, 2019 – Mentor, OH]

14th Annual March for Meals set for March 30th, 2019

The Lake County Council on Aging (LCCoA) announces their 14th Annual March for Meals event will take place on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. The Food Court doors open at 8:00am for registration and the event runs from 8:30am until 10:00 a.m. Funds raised stay local and are used to support five nutrition sites in Lake County serving Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors; as well as the meals provided at senior Lunch Place sites. In 2018, volunteer drivers delivered over 170,000 Meals on Wheels, and 28,757 meals were served at Lunch Place sites.

March for Meals is a national campaign, initiated and sponsored by Meals on Wheels America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. “At times, a visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only social interaction our homebound seniors get on a daily basis,” said Joe Tomsick, CEO. “Of course the meal served is nutritionally important, but the daily visit provides a means for Council on Aging to check on those seniors who are frail and may be at risk.”

Individuals can participate in the event as a walker and can also raise pledges in support of the Lake County Council on Aging’s nutrition programs. To register as a walker, create a walk team, or donate please visit the 2019 March for Meals website at www.march4meals.org or call (440) 205-8111. The walker fee is $15 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. Light morning snacks and coffee will be provided; all walkers are automatically entered into a walker raffle to win great prizes. There will also be a Chinese Auction raffle.

Title sponsors Lake Health and Visiting Angels are joined in support of the event with a record-breaking sponsor total of 84! Sincere thanks to all 2019 March for Meals sponsors for the overwhelming community support.

The Lake Catholic High School Drum Line and Mentor High School Cheerleaders will lead off the march, after the singing of the National Anthem by Northeast Ohio’s Dante Citraro. Team members from the Mentor Ice Breakers will also be in attendance, along with their mascot Slam!

Join in the fun at the 2019 March for Meals event on March 30th!