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April 3 - Senior Citizens Inc. “March for Meals” to Fight Senior Hunger Wraps-up a Month Full of Community Events

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

April 3, 2018 - Senior Citizens Inc. (SCI), a local non-profit dedicated to helping people age successfully, wrapped up their month-long “March for Meals” to end senior hunger with the “Miles for Meals 5K” on Saturday, March 24.

“Our organization has been fighting senior hunger since our inception in 1959,” said SCI President Patti Lyons. “Nearly 60 years ago, Harley C. (Nippy) Morrison noticed that some of his neighbors were not getting enough to eat. Together with some friends, Mr. Morrison began our community’s first Meals on Wheels program with the delivery of 13 sack lunches. Today, with the help of hundreds of caring volunteers, we deliver 1,800 meals each day, along with the opportunity for some friendly conversation. For many of our clients who have limited mobility, this is the only meal, and the only visitor, they have all day, which is why this program is so critical." 

A national campaign now in its 15th year, the “March For Meals,” kicked off on March 6 with meal deliveries by Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach to a few of SCI’s Meals on Wheels clients.

On March 8, the Live Oak Restaurant group hosted the Buy a Meal, Give a Meal fundraiser, and donated a portion of the day’s sales from five of their restaurants, which resulted in a donation of $2,254 dollars.  

This was followed by local television meteorologists, Kyle Dennis from WSAV, Cutter Martin and Jamie Ertle from WTOC, and Jonathan Myers from WJCL teaming up to make several “celebrity” Meals on Wheels deliveries on March 14.

On March 16, a group of “Ruckers”, led by special operations military personnel, continued the “March for Meals” by including the delivery of pet food for SCI clients, in their 24-hour-team-building march. The pet food, distributed by SCI volunteers to Meals on Wheels clients, prevents clients from sharing their meals with their beloved pets.

Finally, on Saturday, March 24, 188 runners and walkers (and their four-legged friends) hit the streets of Ardsley Park for the 8th Annual Miles for Meals 5K. The most successful race to date, the Miles for Meals 5K generated more than $12,000.

“We are so grateful to the people of our community, the many businesses, and the media organizations, that have helped us to raise the awareness and money needed to continue this critical program. At a cost of just $6.00 per meal, the funds raised during the March for Meals campaign will provide more than 2,300 meals,” said Lyons.

For those interested in learning more about SCI services and the ways in which they can support the organization's programs, information is available by visiting www.seniorcitizens-inc.org or contacting SCI at 912-236-0363.

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