March for Meals battles seniors’ hunger

Published 6:29 pm Friday, March 3, 2023

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Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is again participating in the 21st annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of our older adult neighbors who rely on Meals on Wheels to remain healthy and independent. Senior Services’ celebration will include an online fundraising campaign for home-delivered meals throughout the month of March.

“The rising cost of utilities, lack of affordable housing and the rising cost of food have had a devastating effect on older adults in our community,” said Steve Zollos, chief executive officer for Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. “Many seniors who only a year ago were on firm financial footing, find themselves living from month-to-month and wondering how they will get by. Meals on Wheels provides essential food security to our home-bound older adults in need.”

In 2022, Senior Services served over 516,000 meals to over 900 clients in South Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater. 

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During the month, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country will join forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the resources needed to reach every senior in need of a nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check. 

“March is an important time for us to come together to ensure that Meals on Wheels is there for all of our senior neighbors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, president and chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels America. “The demand for services is already great and approximately 12,000 Americans are turning 60 every day. We must maintain and expand the programs that have helped so many get through this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. We can’t do it alone. It takes all of us to keep the nationwide Meals on Wheels movement going.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors this March, visit To donate to home-delivered meals, visit