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Why do we need the Walkathon?

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“Without these meals I would live on cereal & PBJ”

Lisa Middents headshot 2018Lisa Middents

Have you ever wondered why it’s so important that our community goes to all the trouble every year of signing up for the Walkathon, asking friends and family for donations to Meals on Wheels, and then coming to the event? Here’s the reason: to avoid putting elders on a waiting list.

Without the funds raised at the Walkathon, LifePath would have an average gap in funding of $150,000 every year and would have to stop serving meals when the money ran out for the year. Federal and state funding for Meals on Wheels are NOT enough to meet the real need that is out there.

Why is it so important that all elders who need Meals on Wheels get them right away? Studies show that elders on waiting lists for Meals on Wheels are more likely to feel depressed, lonely, and malnourished.

April 2018 Walk Box Lisa Why do we need the Walkathon photo of Robert Wheeler WEBElders receiving a home-delivered meal and a wellness check, like Robert Wheeler of Millers Falls, shown here, know that Meals on Wheels are more than a meal - they're a way of staying healthy and socially connected at a time when many elders experience depression, loneliness, and malnutrition.Here are some of the comments from the most recent survey of LifePath’s Meals on Wheels consumers:

  • “On oxygen & can't cook”
  • “Could not manage without these meals”
  • “Can't grocery shop”
  • “Enjoys visit from drivers”
  • “Eats healthier”
  • “Enjoys a hot meal daily”
  • “Without these meals, I would live on cereal and PB&J”

For 71%, it’s the main meal of the day. The volunteer drivers make 79% feel less lonely. For 85%, the program helps them feel better.

Our community needs YOU to step up and sign up for the Walkathon or make a contribution to Meals on Wheels today. Funds walkers raise are SO important to the health and wellbeing of our treasured elders! Contact Carol Foote at (413) 773-5555, ext. 2225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here. The Meals on Wheels Walkathon is on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., at LifePath, 101 Munson Street, Greenfield.