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Berks Encore Joins In Special Month-Long March For Meals Celebration

by Berks Encore

Berks Encore Joins In Special Month-Long March For Meals Celebration

Berks Encore announced that it will be participating in a special March for Meals celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the federal legislation that helps to fund community-based programs like Meals on Wheels. Throughout the month of March, Berks Encore will join the national Meals on Wheels network to raise awareness and rally support for this vital public-private partnership that has helped provide the seniors in Berks County Pennsylvania with an essential service needed to remain healthy and independent at home.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This year, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country are joining forces for the awareness campaign to celebrate 50 years of success and garner the support needed to ensure these critical programs can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come.

“The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program is the only federally supported program designed to be an antidote for both senior hunger and isolation,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Despite decades of proven success and bipartisan support, funding for this program has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing need for its services. With the nation’s senior population increasing dramatically, now is the time to support local Meals on Wheels programs – through volunteering, donating and speaking out – to ensure we are able to deliver for another 50 years.”

Berks Encore’s celebration will include fundraising for Meals on Wheels, volunteer recruitment efforts and recognizing the volunteers that contributed 50,000 hours of service and delivered over 163,000 meals in 2021.

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute, or speak out for the seniors in Berks County this March, visit