Elder Services Participates in the March for Meals – Meals on Wheels Campaign

Community Champions Help Raise Awareness for Elder Services, Meals on Wheels Program and the Needs of Seniors Across the Merrimack Valley

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley 1st March for Meals Campaign was joined by Community Leaders supporting the need to have meals on wheels for home bound elders

Lawrence, MA (March 29, 2016) – Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. (Elder Services) held the a local awareness campaign with Community Champions across the Merrimack Valley in honor of the 2016 March for Meals campaign. Those Community Champions were:

  • Congresswoman Niki Tsongas staff – Patrick Kenney
  • Senator Barbara L’talian
  • Representative Diana DiZoglio
  • Mayor Dan Rivera
  • Mayor James Fiorentini
  • Mayor Ken Gray
  • Mayor Stephen Zanni
  • Selectman Rosemary Smedile
  • Enterprise Bank staff – Sherry McGarth and Faith Walsh
  • Trinity Ambulance – John Chemaly and Chris Dick
  • Amy’s Kitchen – Daphane Thurston

Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director stated, “We are proud to be the administrator of a Nutrition Program that distributes over 1,800 meals daily to seniors who live throughout the Merrimack Valley. We are grateful for the support of staff, Councils on Aging, and volunteers who make this Program successful every day. As food and transportation costs rise, and the elder population grows, it is important that the Meals on Wheels Program gets the funding and recognition it needs to remains viable resource for elders living community.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the March for Meals in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Elder Services Nutrition Program, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

“The March for Meals event raises community awareness nutrition services, and we are happy that local officials, legislators and others are willing to help us spread the word about the importance of the Meals on Wheels program” said Derek Anderson, Nutrition Program Director.

For more information about the Meals on Wheels in the Merrimack Valley, contact Pati Fernandez, 978-946-1254,

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit


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