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SUPPORT WILL HELP FIGHT SENIOR HUNGER AND ISOLATION IN ALAMEDA COUNTY

On March 1st, Spectrum Community Services kicks off a month of activities as part of #SaveLunch – a nationwide campaign led by Meals on Wheels America designed to rally communities around our senior neighbors and protect the essential services that enable so many to remain healthy and independent at home. Across the country, Meals on Wheels programs will enlist elected officials, community influencers, and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors, and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.

“In the last year, we continue to experience an increase in the demand for our services in Alameda County,” said Lara Calvert, Executive Director of Spectrum Community Services. “We have been in awe of the outpouring of support so far, and there’s still much we can do to ensure everyone in need of our vital lifeline can benefit from being well-nourished and more connected to our community through this challenging time and beyond.”

National #SaveLunch efforts in March will commemorate the historic day in March of 1972 when the Older Americans Act was amended to include a nutrition program for Americans 60 years and older. More than 50 years later, 12 million older Americans are still threatened by or experience hunger, and one in three seniors feels lonely. That is why Meals on Wheels programs from across the country are joining forces to raise awareness and support to ensure we can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence and improve health for decades to come.

“We commend all of our 2024 Community Champions for stepping up to ensure that Meals on Wheels is there for all of our senior neighbors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “In the face of soaring demand and costs that surpass our current resources, we need to come together as communities to bridge the gaps. We can’t do it alone – it takes all of us to save lunch for our seniors.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Alameda County this March, please click to “Donate” or “Volunteer”.

About Spectrum

Spectrum Community Services is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and families experiencing low-income in Alameda County. Through financial assistance and other services, our goal is to support community members in building healthy, safe, and independent lives.

Spectrum is a local provider of Meals on Wheels in Alameda County. Last year, 70,000 meals were delivered by Spectrum volunteers to homebound seniors in the Tri-Valley and 85,000 were served to active seniors through our congregate meal program.  Visit our website for more information on our senior meals program.