Teams are getting ready for this year’s March for Meals Bowling Bash, a fundraising program to support the Meals on Wheels program, which serves hot nutritious meals to local seniors.
Skagit County is one of the few Meals on Wheels programs in Washington State delivering hot meals on a daily basis to seniors - most programs simply drop off frozen dinners once a week to microwave. The daily contact seniors have with the Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers is welcome one-on-one interactions that serve to ensure the client’s well being, in addition to delivering a nutritious meal.
All meals are provided on a donation basis, and there are no financial eligibility criteria. Skagit County has been providing this service to seniors for over 30 years.
In 2014, 3,200 Skagit seniors received approximately 150,000 meals, 70,000 were delivered hot daily to their homes. Another 50,000+ congregate meals are served at Skagit County senior centers.
Meals on Wheels’ ability to deliver hot, nutritious meals to Skagit seniors is only made possible through the support of our community. County-wide, approximately 300 volunteers prepare and deliver the food. Of which, 41 drivers and another 18 kitchen volunteers prepare and deliver food in Anacortes.
Since 2005, Skagit County’s March for Meals campaign has received county-wide donations from our generous community of approximately $680,000! March for Meals donations amount to approximately 7% of Meals on Wheels’ annual budget. Without these donations, almost 11,000 fewer meals would be served annually, turning away seniors in need and/or cutting back on days meals are served.
The event takes place March 14th & 15th @ San Juan Lanes Bar & Grill for 2 ½ hours of bowling fun, food, refreshments, prizes and more. Entry fee for a team of 4 is $250. Contact the Anacortes Senior Activity Center at 293-7473 or visit BowlingBash.org for more info on forming a team.