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City leaders, business owners volunteer in Meals on Wheels awareness campaign

GEORGETOWN – Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties is participating in the 14th annual March for Meals, a month-long, nationwide celebration of the service that delivers meals to homebound seniors.

”The services we provide the seniors of Williamson and Burnet counties are critical, and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Denise Schilli, director of Senior Nutrition Programs for Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

On March 22, Burnet volunteer drivers will be joined by Burnet Mayor Gary Wideman, the Rev. Tim Denton, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District trustee Charles Williams, Cottonwood Shores Police Officer Nathan Dodd and local business owners David and Quynh Rathcamp.

“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger and loss of independence,” said Ellie Hollander, the president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest-growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak for the seniors in Williamson and Burnet counties and across the country, go to marchformeals.com.

Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties served 148,000 fresh and hot meals to area homebound seniors in 2015. It serves an average of 950 seniors a month. For more information on the organization, go to  mealsonwheels-williamsonburnet.org.

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