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WATCH THE 2018 MARCH FOR MEALS KICK OFF WEBINAR NOW

This 10-minute crash course will provide:

  • An overview of March for Meals, including the history and significance of the month of March;
  • Examples of how March for Meals takes shape in communities across the country;
  • A run down a resources available; and
  • Important dates to keep in mind as you start the planning process.

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MARCH FOR MEALS FUNDAMENTALS

Check out our March for Meals On-Demand Webinar Series from 2017 to explore best practices and tangible examples from your fellow Members on each of the core March for Meals activities: Community Outreach, Fundraising and Leveraging Community Champions.

*Please note the following webinars were recorded in advance of the 2017 March for Meals and some references may be out-dated. 

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MARCH FOR MEALS FUNDAMENTAL: COMMUNITY OUTREACH

This 28-minute webinar focuses on the backbone of the March for Meals campaign: community outreach! Three of your fellow Members share how they educated their communities, shed light on the needs of seniors, returned their programs to top-of-mind and inspired much-needed support. Our contributors include:

KATHRYN HUNGERFORD - Missoula Aging Services, Missoula, MT
Each year, Missoula Aging Services uses March for Meals to increase awareness of senior hunger and isolation and raise funding to support their Meals on Wheels program. By leveraging the March for Meals Local Programs Toolkit, Kathryn and her team were equipped to post effective social media messages on Facebook and Twitter, place print ads, newspaper stories, TV PSAs and billboards, and deploy e-blasts and newsletters that all added to an outreach effort that raised over $54,000.

EVE ANTHONY & MORGAN O'KELLEY - Athens Community Council on Aging, Athens, GA
Athens Community Council on Aging used creative social media to promote March for Meals and all the events and activities surrounding their celebration. Whether they were asking for participation in events, encouraging people to volunteer, or asking for donations, they made it very clear how their community could support the March for Meals.

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MARCH FOR MEALS FUNDAMENTAL: FUNDRAISING

This 24-minute webinar covers March fundraising ideas and best practices from two rural programs that had big success during the 2016 March for Meals. Our contributors include:

KAAREN PECK - Grand River Meals on Wheels, Rifle, CO
Grand River Meals on Wheels impressed us last year as they aligned their March for Meals activities with their 40th Anniversary and held a their Second Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser and a Grand River Gallop 5K run. In total, the organization raised more than $36,000 in March.

LINDA HAND - Senior Resource Center, Hayward, WI
The Senior Resource Center enlisted over 220 sponsors and their 2nd Annual Spring Style Show sold out with 250 in attendance, creating a fun and inspiring inter-generational experience while raising awareness and resources for Meals on Wheels. By leveraging their strong relationships with local media outlets across the county, engaging supporters on social media and enlisting Community Champions, they were able to raise $12,000 during March.

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MARCH FOR MEALS FUNDAMENTALS: LEVERAGING COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

This 40-minute webinar features two fellow Members who have been quite successful enlisting Community Champions and garnering a lot of attention for their programs around their deliveries or other acts of support during March. Our contributors include:

JACK FENTON - Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, Hyde Park, NY
Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park leveraged March for Meals in 2016 to strengthen relationships with key community decision-makers, local businesses and future Meals on Wheels supporters – all while sharing these heartwarming special deliveries across social media, in local print and on the radio. More than 30 champions were signed up and helped deliver meals throughout the month.

DONNA NEEL - Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, Lexington, SC
In 2016, the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission had 100% participation from all 12 mayors in their service area signing March for Meals proclamations into effect. In addition to the support demonstrated by local leaders, a South Carolina state senator introduced a concurrent resolution recognizing the 35 plus years of service LCRAC has provided to the senior community in Lexington.

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