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3/30/2022 9:42:00 AM
CC Senior Nutrition Services Joins In Month-Long March For Meals Celebration
Alison Alexander and Mary Furtado load meals to deliver in Newton.
(Photos Courtesy Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services)

Alison Alexander and Mary Furtado
load meals to deliver in Newton.

(Photos Courtesy Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services)

Volunteer Jocelyne Gervais and Deputy Chief Baer deliver lunch to Mr. Cline.
Volunteer Jocelyne Gervais and Deputy
Chief Baer deliver lunch to Mr. Cline.

Catawba County Social
Services Press Release

NEWTON, N.C. - Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is participating in the 20th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain healthy and independent at home. Senior Nutrition Services’ celebration includes an extensive volunteer recruitment campaign, and meal deliveries by local community leaders.

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. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

Catawba County Senior Nutrition programs serve over 500 seniors each operating day. Approximately 40% of the seniors served are living at or below the poverty level and 47% live alone. Our programs help seniors facing challenges of hunger, isolation and poverty. Seniors Morning Out and Meals on Wheels are much more than a nutritious meal. These programs are a social connection and a safety check for seniors.

With 30 delivery routes operating on a daily basis, we have an unprecedented need for volunteers to deliver meals in Newton, Hickory, Catawba and Maiden. Volunteers commit to delivering a route once a month which takes approximately 1.5 hours. If you are interested in serving seniors in our community, please call the office at 828-695-5610 or apply online at

Senior Nutrition Services was honored to have several community leaders deliver meals this month: Newton Police Chief Vidal Sipe, Newton City Councilman Ed Sain, Hickory Police Department’s Deputy Chief Reed Baer, Catawba County Deputy Manager Mary Furtado, Assistant County Manager Alison Alexander, Social Services Director Karen Harrington, Catawba County Library Director Siobhan Loendorf, Catawba County Chief Information Officer Rick Pilato and Catawba County Assistant Chief Financial Officer Mary Morrison. Their support helps raise awareness about the nutrition program, our need for volunteers and our need for funds to continue to serve a growing senior population.

For more information about Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services, please call us at 828-695-5610.

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