Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has announced that their Annual Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels 5K Run/Walk for 2021 has pivoted to a virtual event in May.
Hosted by OCES’ Nutrition Department, the 5K Run/Walk will take place as a virtual event this year. Community members and OCES supporters of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in this 5K at any time and any place during the month of May. Whether participants walk or jog the 5K (3.1 miles) all at once, over several days, or anytime during the month, all are welcome (including pets!) to participate and help raise awareness and critical funds for this essential service.
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many lives in our community. During this time OCES adapted to the ever-changing demands especially the concerns of food insecurity in the older adults in greater Plymouth County. OCES’ Nutrition Staff have been working nonstop to fulfill the increased demand for nutritious meals. OCES not only adjusted to the higher volume, they provided new opportunities such as delivering 2,000 bags with “one week’s worth” of groceries to consumers. Staff also collaborated with local Councils on Aging to offer “Grab & Go” meals to older adults in the community.
Now more than ever, it is important to raise funds needed to support the Nutrition Program. To help support OCES’ goal of $15,000 that will provide 2,000 meals, join OCES by creating your own fundraising page, visit www.ocesma.org and click 5K link.
Or, register directly at https://oces.networkforgood.com/projects/128534-2021-moving-heels-for-meals-on-wheels
A $15 donation covers two meals, a $45 donation covers six meals and a $75 donation covers 10 meals.
The Nutrition Program, including Meals on Wheels, is critical to many older adults and is made possible through the generous funding received from members of the community and businesses. For more information, contact Brenda Carrens, Community Programs Director at email@example.com or call 508-584-1561 ext. 252.
About OCES Nutrition
OCES’ Nutrition Department provides vital food services including more than 503,000 meals each year to consumers living in greater Plymouth County area. Many older adults benefit from “Meals on Wheels” which provides a daily meal delivered to their homes. For many of OCES’ most vulnerable older adults and individuals with disabilities, the delivery is not only a delicious meal, it is often the only social contact of the day. A connection to the community through Meals on Wheels is also a safety check to make sure these individuals are okay. Several of our Meals on Wheels drivers have been cited by local officials for actions that have helped a consumer who has been found in a dire situation. Another component of the Nutrition Department is our Community Dining program that offers meals at various sites within the communities we serve. During COVID-19, OCES Community Dining meal sites offered Grab & Go meals that provided healthy and delicious nutrition, along with the opportunity to socialize.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.