The Osceola Council on Aging is hosting its annual March for Meals 5K to benefit the Meals on Wheels program.
The March for Meals 5K is presented by the Kissimmee Utility Authority and will be Saturday, March 16, in downtown Kissimmee at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The event will include a 5K run and walk for individuals and corporate and family teams.
March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. Its primary goal is to raise national awareness of senior hunger and to encourage local community action.
“There are seniors 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 gives us an opportunity to check in on our seniors, say hello and more.”
The money raised by the March for Meals 5K will help shorten the waiting list and provide more meals for Osceola County seniors and families in need. The event is an important opportunity to educate the community on the importance of the Meals on Wheels program and recruit more volunteers to help with preparation and distribution.
The fun-filled 5K event will include a free kid’s run, a silent auction, prizes for the largest and most spirited teams and much more. Individuals who bring non-perishable food items will be entered into a special prize drawing.
Participants are encouraged to wear their “best green” since the race is right before St. Patrick’s Day. Businesses, local government, law enforcement, fire departments and schools are all encouraged to participate in the 5K as teams.
“We need individuals, corporate and family teams to come out and walk and run to help our seniors who are counting on us to provide them a hot and/or cold meal,” said Belisle. “We need to fight senior hunger today and we need the community’s help!”
Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America said, “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.”
Registration for the event starts at 7 a.m. The run and walk begins at 8 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to sign up for the event. Cost is $25 before March 1 and $30 March 2 to March 15. Registration the day of the event is $35. A special discount of $5 off will be offered for teams with five or more entries. Each registered participant that completes the race will receive a medal.
To register online or receive more information about how you can get involved, visit www.osceolagenerations.org.