March For Meals

Mayor Kaufusi delivering meals

Meals on Wheels has recruited local community leaders and elected officials to hand out meals at their local senior center or deliver meals to homebound senior citizens for the 11th annual March for Meals week held March 1-5, 2021. More than thirty community leaders from various cities will speak out for seniors and raise awareness of the importance of the senior nutrition program.

“It is inspiring to see our communities come together to meet the increased needs of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing connection, awareness and nutrition,” said Heidi DeMarco, director of MAG Aging & Family Services. “Continuing this partnership is vital in linking our senior neighbors to support systems that encourage better health, safety and well-being at home.”

MAG’s Senior Nutrition Program, which administers the Meals on Wheels program locally and oversees the congregate meal program at city senior centers, has provided more meals than ever before to meet the increased demand for meals during the pandemic. From April - December 2020, we provided 338,667 meals to vulnerable seniors in our community (fresh, frozen and shelf stable emergency meals), which is an 82% increase over the same time period in 2019.

The Meals on Wheels program has never missed a day of meal deliveries during the pandemic, adapting protocol in food preparation and delivery to rise to the demand to serve those most at risk. Local city senior centers, still unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 precautions, adapted by providing curbside pick-up for meals. MAG is contracted to prepare and deliver the meals to local senior centers while each city runs the operation of their own senior center and distribution of those meals. Currently, MAG provides and delivers 1,800 meals each week day to both Meals on Wheels recipients and senior centers.

For media inquiries, contact Stephanie Benson at sbenson@mountainland.org or 801-472-6757.


Participating Community Leaders

Utah County Wasatch County Summit County
Alpine City Councilman Lon Lott Charleston Mayor Brenda Kozlowski Kamas Mayor Matt McCormick
American Fork Mayor Brad Frost        Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson Oakley Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme
Cedar Hills Mayor Denise Andersen County Council Marilyn Crittenden County Councilmember Glenn Wright
Highland Mayor Rod Mann     
County Council Kendall Crittenden
Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson County Council Steve Farrell
Lindon Mayor Jeff Acerson County Council Danny Goode
Orem Mayor Richard Brunst                       County Council Danny Goode
Mapleton Mayor Dallas Hawkes County Council Spencer Park
Payson Mayor Bill Wright County Council Jeff Wade
Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi
Salem Mayor Kurt Christensen
Santaquin Mayor Kirk Hunsaker
Saratoga Springs Mayor Jim Miller
Spanish Fork City Councilmember Chad Argyle
Spanish Fork City Councilmember Mike Mendenhall
Spanish Fork City Councilmember Stacy Beck
Springville Mayor Child
Springville City Councilmember Snelson
Springville City Councilmember Monney
Springville City Councilmember Jensen
Springville City Councilmember Packard
County Commissioner Sakievich
County Commissioner Lee