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WestMass ElderCare’s #SaveLunch Campaign Garners Legislative Support

HOLYOKE — WestMass ElderCare, in partnership with Meals on Wheels America, has been leading the charge in advocating for senior nutrition through the #SaveLunch campaign. Last month, local and state legislators joined forces with the organization to deliver meals to constituents and raise awareness about the importance of senior nutrition programs, like Meals on Wheels.

During the last two weeks of March, a host of legislators dedicated their time to engage directly with the community and witness firsthand the impact of the Meals on Wheels program. Chicopee Mayor John Vieau; Ludlow Town Administrator Marc Strange; South Hadley Town Administrator Lisa Wong; Holyoke City Councilor and legislative aide Juan Anderson-Burgos; state Sens. Peter Durant and Jake Oliveira; and state Reps. Shirley Arriaga, Dan Carey, and Pat Duffy participated in this initiative, demonstrating their commitment to supporting the older adult population in our community.

The event provided an opportunity for legislators to connect with constituents in a meaningful way by personally delivering meals and engaging in conversations about the challenges facing older adults, particularly in accessing nutritious food. While the impact of senior nutrition programs is well-documented, funding has remained flat for several years, regardless of inflation and rising food costs. By participating in the #SaveLunch campaign, these legislators showcased their dedication to addressing food insecurity among older adults and their willingness to take action to support vulnerable members of society.

“We are immensely grateful to have the support of our local and state legislators in our efforts to ensure that no older adult goes hungry,” said Roseann Martoccia, executive director of WestMass ElderCare. “Their participation in the #SaveLunch campaign not only raises awareness about senior nutrition, but also underscores the importance of community engagement and collaboration in addressing critical issues facing our aging population.”