Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA) announced today that it is participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a monthlong, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels (MOW) and other senior nutrition MOW member programs, which shines the spotlight on the issues of senior isolation and food insecurity that exist in communities throughout the United States.
In South Hampton Roads, as well as across Virginia, thousands of senior adults live alone, sometimes in or near poverty, and struggle to stay healthy. They rely on the vital safety net provided by local Meals on Wheels organizations, such as SSSEVA, who provide access to nutritious home-delivered meals and weekday congregate meals at area senior centers.
As part of its March for Meals activities, SSSEVA has planned a “Community Champions” event on Monday, March 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Portsmouth Senior Station, 3500 Clifford Street. In collaboration with Portsmouth Senior Station, the agency has invited elected officials and local celebrities to come and serve the daily congregate meal, have lunch, and visit with the center’s approximately 40 regular participants. Confirmed “Community Champions” to date include The Honorable L. Louise Lucas (Virginia District 18), Portsmouth Vice Mayor Paige Cherry, Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas, and school board member Angelia Allen.
The Portsmouth Senior Station luncheon program is a partnership between SSSEVA and the city of Portsmouth. Like other senior centers found throughout South Hampton Roads and the Western Tidewater region, the Portsmouth program offers participants a nutritious hot meal that meets the nutritional guidelines set forth by the Older Americans Act and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
Along with a hot meal, regular participation in senior center activities provides local senior adults with opportunities for education, socialization, and wellness programming. SSSEVA’s I-Ride Transit services offers transportation as available from the seniors’ homes to and from the center.
“The services that we provide to seniors in the South Hampton Roads region are critical, and the need is rapidly increasing,” said SSSEVA CEO John Skirven. “Working together, we can keep our region’s seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their communities as they age.”
For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute, or speak out for the seniors in South Hampton Roads’ cities and rural communities, visit www.ssseva.org.
Director of Development and Community Relations