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'March for Meals' aims to make senior citizen hunger more public

'March for Meals' is a national campaign during the month of March to raise awareness of hungry senior citizens and the work of Meals on Wheels programs in local towns and cities to fight that hunger. (WHAM photo)

Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) - There is a good chance that someone in our community is eating a meal right now made and delivered by Meals on Wheels.

'March for Meals' is a national campaign during the month of March to raise awareness of hungry senior citizens and the work of Meals on Wheels programs in local towns and cities to fight that hunger.

Each year, UR Medicine Home Care's Meals on Wheels program delivers 230,000 nutritious meals to vulnerable people living in Monroe County.

With each visit comes a safety check to make sure that the person who receives the meal is alive and well.

"With some of these people, we're the only contact,"," said Marty Larosa, who volunteers with the Meals on Wheels organization in Monroe County. "Some of these people it's clear, without these meals, I'm not quite sure they would eat or how nutritiously they would eat. I'm absolutely amazed at the response from some of these people, some of the clients. They are just really happy to see you, really happy."

Ninety six percent of people who receive Meals on Wheels say it enables them to stay in their own homes.

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