This past Saturday, March 26, ACCA held the 6th annual March for Meals 5K. The race began and ended at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens. All proceeds from the race will go to support Meals on Wheels.
A special congratulations goes to first-place winner, Brad Turner. He is the coordinator for The Campus Kitchen at UGA, and he is a huge champion for Meals on Wheels. Way to go, Brad!
We are so proud of all we have accomplished during March for Meals this year. The 5K is a perfect way to salute all the hard work our volunteers, champions and employees put in every day. We are so thankful for a community that shows up to take a stand.
Check out our album on Facebook to see the highlights from the race!
We also want to give a special shoutout to all our sponsors. These great people and businesses helped make our 5K a special event.
- Creature Comforts
- B&D Fabricators
- Athens First
- The Doroshenko Family
- Golden Gourmet
- Merrill Lynch – The Frierson Group
- Online Athens / Athens Banner-Herald
- Safelite AutoGlass
- Sweaney and Sweaney
- Tires Plus
- Wesley Woods
- Smoothie King
- Einstein Bros Bagels
- Blue Bell Poterry Studio
- 1000 Faces Coffee
- opa robby’s market
- Trader Joe’s
March for Meals is a month-long national celebration of Meals on Wheels. Each year, the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) joins together with Meals on Wheels America to draw attention to the important services provided by Meals on Wheels.
During March for Meals, March 21 – 25 is designated as Champions Week. Business leaders, legislators, and community partners will join ACCA during the week to ride-along with longstanding Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals to clients and see the effects of the service in our community. “Each of our community champions has the ability to raise awareness of the growing number of local older adults facing senior hunger and isolation,” said Eve Anthony, Interim CEO of ACCA. “Through daily meal delivery and the companionship of our friendly volunteers, our Meals on Wheels program has a significant impact on the lives of these older adults.”
These ride-alongs will give our champions the opportunity to learn more and speak out about the effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need. That gap is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. There are currently more than 60 seniors waiting for Meals on Wheels in the communities we serve. Now more than ever our story needs to be told. Meals on Wheels is an integral service for our community.
“I remember the joy my grandma experienced every day as her meal was delivered,” said community champion, Matthew Purkey, President of the United Way of Northeast Georgia. “I am humbled for the opportunity to be the one not only delivering a meal, but companionship and hopefully a smile. It is an honor to be associated with such an amazing organization that provides essential programming to those in our community.”
The focus of March for Meals is volunteer recruitment. Volunteers are the life source of the Meals on Wheels program. However, donations always make providing this valuable service much easier. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities or donating to Meals on Wheels should contact ACCA at 706-549-4850 or visit www.accaging.org. To learn more about March for Meals, visit www.marchformeals.com.
Special thanks to all our community champions this month:
- Congressman Jody Hice
- Daniella Perry, Senator Johnny Isakson Staff
- Representative Chuck Williams
- Mayor Nancy Denson, Athens-Clarke
- Mayor Dodd Ferrell, Winterville
- Mayor David Maynard, Winder
- Commissioner Kelly Girtz
- Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson
- Sheriff Jud Smith, Barrow County
- Sheriff Ira Edwards, Athens-Clarke
- Corporal Erika Murphy, ACC Sheriff Office
- Captain Hayden Hodges, ACC Sheriff Office
- Sgt. Dallas Pope, ACC Sheriff Office
- Chaplain Toy Wilkins, ACC Sheriff Office
- Chief Jimps Cole, ACC Sheriff Office
- Dr. Shelly Nuss, Dean AU/UGA Medical Partnership
- Matthew Purkey, NEGA United Way President
- Alexia Ridley, WUGA Radio Personality
- Robert Miles, UGA Athletics
- Chris Herron, CEO Creature Comforts
- Seth Herman, Business Development Director Creature Comforts
- Ken Manring, White Tiger Gourmet
- Melinda Edwards, White Tiger Gourmet
- Athens Roller Girls
- Jan Kozak, CEO 1000 Faces Coffee and Manager, Farmer’s Market
- Lindsay Lucas, Marketing Director Phil Hughes
- Bill Douglas, President/CEO, Athens First Bank
The time has come! Sign up for the March for Meals 5K!
Make your steps count this year! Let’s fill the plates of the people in our community who need us. Join the March for Meals race to raise awareness and funds for hungry seniors in the Athens Area.
REGISTER FOR THE RACE
New this year: The race will begin and end at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. at 271 W. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601.
Your steps can still count. Register for our virtual race and receive your race t-shirt and bib. You can walk/run your March for Meals race anytime between March 1st and 26th. Don’t forget to post the pictures of your finish line using #MarchforMeals and #MFMAthens.
Why March for Meals?
Many people don’t know that 1 in 5 older adults in our community are at risk of hunger. our goal is to bring awareness and work to end Senior Hunger by 2020. Proceeds from March for Meals support ACCA’s Meals on Wheels program in serving over 1500 meals each week in both Clarke and Barrow Counties.
If the 5K doesn’t sound like your speed, consider volunteering! We need volunteers to help with several different aspect to help the race go off without a hitch. Sign up today!
Meals on Wheels clients received a fantastic March for Meals surprise today! Creature Comforts and Your Pie in Athens teamed up to provide a pizza for every Meals on Wheels client. Volunteers loaded their vehicles with the normal coolers of chilled food, but stacked next to those coolers were some delicious pizzas.
“This is a treat,” said one of the clients on a meal route. “I can’t remember the last time I had pizza. I’m looking forward to having this.”
We’re so thankful for our community partners. We’re able to do so much because of great ideas and generosity from the community! Thank you Your Pie and Creature Comforts!
Join us at Creature Comforts (271 W. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601) today from 5-8 PM for the Get Comfortable tour. The profits made from the tour will support Meals on Wheels. ACCA staff will be there in our March for Meals t-shirts. So stop by, say hello, and get comfortable!
Tours are family friendly. You can also get $2 off the tour price by bring one of the items below as a donation!
- Sugar free candy
- Granola/Cereal Bars
- Peanut butter
- Canned Goods
- Fruit cups
- Dried Fruit (raisins, prunes, etc)
- Instant oatmeal
- Low sugar cookies/snacks
- Powdered milk
- Bath Soap
- Tissue packets
- Lip balm
- Toilet paper
- Pet food
- Crossword/Word Search
- Flashlight w/batteries
- Lap quilts