Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc announced today that it will be participating in the 18th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain health and independent at home. Meals on Wheels of Salem County’s celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including Community Champions Week March 16th through 20th, Mayors for Meals March 19th, and a donation drive, which will be active through businesses in Salem County all month long.

”The services we provide are a lifeline for seniors of Salem County and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Carly Melchert, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Salem County. “Together, we can keep our senior neighbors well-nourished, feeling safer and more connected to our community as they age.”

Carly Melchert Executive Director Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc 856-935-3663

Meals on Wheels of Salem County, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide home delivered nutritious meals and the comfort of friendship to home-bound senior and disabled residents in Salem County. Our vision is to be the community leader & provider ending senior hunger in Salem County. We are located at 90 Market Street, Salem NJ.

Meals on Wheels of Salem County began delivery on September 6, 1977. Meals were served to 15 clients. The first month, 150 volunteers served 324 meals prepared by Elmer Community Hospital. Funding was provided by a grant from the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders and seed money from the United Way of Salem County.

Each year, Meals on Wheels delivers between 35,000 and 40,000 meals to clients throughout Salem County. Meals are currently made by the helpful staff at Ranch Hope. Our network of volunteers donate about 62,000 miles and over 5,000 hours of time annually. More than 250 volunteers serve meals and about 100 more provide support to Meals on Wheels by helping with events, office work and other needs. Volunteer driving is a small commitment, with big rewards. Drivers deliver 1 time every 4 weeks, for about 1 to 2 hours.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“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.”

Meals on Wheels receives funding in part from Salem County Office on Aging grants: Title III of the Older Americans Act, a Social Service Block Grant, State Home Delivered Meals, and State Weekend Home Delivered Meals (casino revenue). Additional funding sources include Salem Health & Wellness Foundation, FEMA, local churches, private donations, client donations and fundraising events.

Mayors for Meals

3/19/2020 @ 9:30AM at 90 Market Street Salem, NJ

Mayors for Meals posing for group photo with the Meals on Wheels banner