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Seniors “March for Meals” to bring awareness about hunger

Aging is not a choice, however aging well is and one organization is trying to help senior citizens retain their independence, health and quality of life, in the comfort of their homes.

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides services such as meal deliveries, transportation, home repair and in-home care for the elderly community but the group says, the number of seniors dealing with isolation and hunger is shockingly high.

80 senior citizens from Southwest Virginia marched in Richlands for the “March for Meals” event, to bring awareness to issues elderly people face, daily.

“Lack of access to critical medical and lack of meals,” said Regina Sayers, Executive Director for AASC. “They also have problems with transportation because many of our seniors are unable to drive.”

“None of our seniors should be going hungry,” said Brenda Thompson, a representative with AASC.

The “March for Meals” started at the post office and ended at AASC’s new facility: “The New Community Central Senior Nutrition Site” in Richlands.

“It gives seniors a place to go, two days a week for a full week,” said Paul Crawford, Mayor of Richlands.

“We hope that people will talk to their legislators and make sure the “Older Americans Act” is reauthorized this year because that will keep the meals on wheels running,” said Sayers.

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Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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