Local foundations, philanthropic organizations serve meals

The Humboldt Senior Resource Center celebrated Community Champions Week last week, giving locals a way for to show their support to the community by serving meals to hungry seniors and the homebound.

HSRC programs include Adult Day Health and Alzheimer's Services, a state-licensed therapeutic day program; senior dining centers in Arcata, Eureka and Fortuna; home-delivered meals; recreational activities; the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, which provides care management services for frail seniors; and the monthly Senior News newspaper.

March for Meals Community Champions included participation from Humboldt Area Foundation, Mel & Grace McLean Foundation, and St. Joseph Health.

In the upcoming weeks representatives from North Coast Co-Op, Green Diamond and Rose Perenin Foundation will participate, accompanying and assisting HSRC's regular home delivered meal drivers on their regular routes.

"We are excited about having our local foundations participate in our March for Meals Community Champions week," said Barbara Walser, HSRC director of nutrition and activities. "This is a wonderful opportunity for many of our longtime supporters to see, first hand, the benefits our home delivered meal program in the McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna communities. This is an excellent way to continue our relationship."

March for Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

There are more than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs with over 2 million volunteers that daily create an efficient and caring way to keep America's seniors independent, healthy, and able to live in their own homes. For more information or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program visit www.mowaa.org.

HSRC has numerous philanthropic and volunteer opportunities. For more information or to make a donation, call 707-443-9747, email hsrc@humsenior.org, or visit www.humsenior.org.

Photo by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

Dennis Scott and Denise Marshall of the Mel & Grace McLean Foundation deliver a meal to Gordon Hicks of Fortuna during the Humboldt Senior Resource Center's March for Meals event.