Cabarrus County, Let’s Do Lunch
Nov 01, 2016 08:30AM
By Jason Huddle
MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA AND THE AD COUNCIL have LAUNCHed a NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE VOLUNTEERS AND HELP CABARRUS MEALS ON WHEELS SERVE MORE CABARRUS COUNTY SENIORS.
More than 10 million seniors in the U.S. face the threat of hunger, and more than 15 million are living in isolation. In Cabarrus County alone, 400-plus seniors are being served to address these issues. With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Cabarrus Meals on Wheels (CMOW) is joining the effort to meet the growing need.
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels relies on 300 volunteers to deliver meals, typically between 10:30am and1:00pm, five days a week.
“Volunteers are not just people who show up with a meal in hand, they grow relationships with the clients on their routes with a warm smile and an ear to listen. Our volunteers are, for many of our clients, the only contact they see all day and they look forward to their visits. The clients don’t just touch the heart of our volunteers, our volunteers touch the heart of our clients,” DeAnne Parker, CMOW volunteer coordinator, says.
This nationally-integrated public service campaign, created pro bono by the ad agency, Anomaly, has invited America to “Do Lunch” by volunteering during the critical lunch hour period to deliver meals and a smile to seniors.
“We’re so excited to be working with Meals on Wheels programs across the country to launch this national effort on the ground,” Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America, says. “We hope that by sharing just a few of our seniors’ amazing and heartfelt stories, we can inspire even more volunteers to lend a caring hand to the growing number of aging neighbors in need.”
To learn more about Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, visit www.CabarrusMOW.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
To learn more about the America, Let’s Do Lunch campaign, and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.AmericaLetsDoLunch.org, or follow Meals on Wheels America on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Article By: Kim Cassell
Photos courtesy: Cabarrus Meals on Wheels