Colorado Springs, CO March 1, 2016-- Silver Key announced today that it will be participating in the 14th annual March for Meals -- a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. Silver Key's March for Meals activities will include a PR campaign, fundraisers at area restaurants, (see list), and Champions Week deliveries; March 21 -- 25, local community leaders will volunteer to prepare meals or deliver meals to seniors in need.
"The services that we provide the seniors of El Paso County are critical and the need is rapidly increasing," said Pat Ellis, CEO of Silver Key. "Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home, and feeling more connected to their community as they age."
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign 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 Silver Key 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 Meals on Wheels 'more than just a meal' model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger and loss of independence," said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. "More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large."
Since 1971, Silver Key has provided programs and services to help seniors live independently in the greater Colorado Springs area. In 2015, more than 64,000 meals were prepared in the Silver Key kitchen and delivered to seniors living throughout El Paso County. In addition to providing meals through Meals on Wheels and the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, Silver Key provides nutrition assistance through two federal food programs, and an emergency food pantry, and is also the leading senior transportation provider. For more information on Silver Key and to learn how to volunteer for or contribute to Meals on Wheels, visit www.silverkey.org.
Fliers can be found on this page. Click on the link for each restaurant.