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March for Meals 5K Presented by KUA to Benefit Osceola Meals on Wheels on March 16

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The Osceola Council on Aging “Meals on Wheels” program will host the national 2019 March for Meals campaign. The March for Meals 5K presented by KUA event will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 and will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk for individuals and/or corporate and family teams, largest and most spirited team competition, a free kid’s run, silent auction and more. Everyone who participates and finishes the race will receive a metal. If you bring non-perishable food items, you will be entered into a special prize drawing.

This event will take place in Downtown Kissimmee at Kissimmee Lakeview Park, located at 201 Lakeview Drive. Registration will begin at 7:00a.m. with the 5K run/walk beginning at 8:00a.m. The cost before March 1 is $25, $30 between March 2 and 15 and $35 the day of the event.

To register online please visit www.osceolagenerations.org or www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-march-for-meals-st-patricks-5k-runwalk-registration-54103992498

This year’s event will also include a “Team Challenge”. This will allow participants to sign-up a team with five or more participants and compete for team awards in the following categories: Most Team Spirit and Largest Team! Be creative, use your imagination and “Let’s Be Fit for FOOD.” A special discount of $5.00 will be offered for teams with five or more entries. 

“There are seniors in our community going hungry; that is why it is so imperative to have the Meals on Wheels program,” said Wilda Belisle, Meals on Wheels Director for the Osceola Council on Aging. “Meals on Wheels is much more than a meal a day; it also gives us an opportunity to check in on our seniors, say hello and more. We need individuals, corporate and family teams to come out and walk and run to help our seniors who are counting on us to provide them with a hot and/or cold meal. We need to fight senior hunger today and we need the communities help!”

March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like Meals On Wheels, promote Osceola Council on Aging March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

“The month of March is a fitting time to not only celebrate the successful history of Meals on Wheels, but also to bring us together to support a solution that will strengthen communities into the future,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs, so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”