Meals on Wheels America Kicks Off 13th Annual March for Meals With Release of Groundbreaking Research Study

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Meals on Wheels America today releases the findings from a research study it commissioned Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research to conduct with funding provided by AARP Foundation. The release of this groundbreaking study commemorates the start of the organization’s 13th March for Meals – a nationwide celebration of local Meals on Wheels programs throughout the month of March.

“The Meals on Wheels network faces tough choices forced by limited funding, rising costs, unprecedented demand and need, and increasing for-profit competition,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Thanks to Brown University and AARP Foundation, we have the research-backed evidence that confirms what we’ve all known for decades anecdotally through personal experience: that Meals on Wheels does in fact deliver so much more than just a meal.”

“The findings in this study show the great value of Meals on Wheels America’s work as their volunteers provide not only a needed meal but a friendly face and safety check,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation. “The report reinforces our resolve at AARP Foundation to address the interrelated issues of senior hunger and isolation by pursuing both immediate relief and longer-term solutions.”

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