The Osceola Council on Aging “Meals on Wheels” program will participate and host the national 2017 March for Meals campaign. The March for Meals 5K event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 and will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk for individuals and/or corporate and family teams, largest and most spirited team competition, a free Kid’s Run, silent auction, and more.  Plus, if you bring non-perishable food items, you will be entered into a special prize drawing!

The event will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in downtown Kissimmee at Kissimmee Lakeview Park (201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee) starting at 7:00 a.m. (registration) and the run and walk begins at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $25 (before March 1ST) and $30 (March 2ND – 16th) and $35 (day of event).

In 2017, we are introducing the “Team Challenge”. This will allow folks to sign-up a team with five plus participants and compete for team awards in the following categories; MOST TEAM SPIRIT and LARGEST TEAM!  Be creative, use your imagination and “Let’s Be Fit for FOOD.”  We look forward to bringing together businesses and organizations from all over Central Florida for a day of fun – “Team Challenge” excitement! Special discount offered with five or more entries.

“There are seniors right now 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 it gives us an opportunity to check in on our seniors, say hello and much more.  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. We can’t let them down.”

March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Meals On Wheels, promote Osceola Council on Aging March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

“The Meals on Wheels network is the only national, community-based network in this country working exclusively on the isolation and hunger that so many aging Americas face,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is an important time for us all to stand with our local Meals on Wheels programs to fight for the independence of our seniors so that they can remain healthier and happier at home.”