Hungry for making a difference? March for Meals 5k designed to bring senior awareness

The KUA Presents March for Meals 5K event will be March 14 at Kissimmee Lakefront Park.

 The Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program will host the national 2020 March for Meals campaign.

The KUA Presents March for Meals 5K event will be Saturday, March 14, and will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk for individuals and/or corporate and family teams, largest and most spirited team competition, a free Kid’s Run, silent auction, and those who finish receive a metal.

Plus, if you bring non-perishable food items, you will be entered a special prize drawing!

The event will be in downtown Kissimmee at Kissimmee Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee) starting at 7 a.m. (registration), with the run and walk beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 (before March 1) and $30 (March 2-13) and $35 (day of event). To register online, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kua-presents-march-for-meals-st-patricks-5k-runwalk-registration-75868860805?aff=ebdssbeac

Team Challenge:

“Team Challenge” allows folks to sign-up a team with five plus participants and compete for team awards in the following categories: most team spirit and largest team. There will be a special discount offered with five or more entries ($5 off).

“There are seniors and families in our community going hungry; that is why it is so imperative to have the Meals on Wheels program,” said Wilda Belisle, Meals on Wheels director for the Osceola Council on Aging. “Meals on Wheels is much more than a meal a day; it also it gives us an opportunity to check in on our seniors, say hello and more. We need individuals, corporate and family teams to come out and walk and run to help individuals who are counting on us to provide them a hot and/or cold meal. We need to fight hunger today and we need the communities help.”

March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities.

Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Meals on Wheels, promote Osceola Council on Aging March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

 “The month of March is a fitting time to not only celebrate the successful history of Meals on Wheels, but also bring us together to support a solution that will strengthen communities into the future,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs, so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”