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March for Meals

Officials fill in as volunteers to raise awareness for program

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Ohio State Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Columbus) of District 16 and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) of Ohio's 15th District hold some of the meals they helped to deliver Thursday, March 20.

LifeCare Alliance teamed with a number of area elected officials to deliver meals to homebound older adults, as well as those facing medical challenges, as part of the national 2014 March for Meals campaign.

The March for Meals campaign is led by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to mobilize such programs across the country in building support in their communities and raising awareness of senior hunger.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) of Ohio's 15th District and State Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Columbus) of District 16 took part on Thursday, March 20, by delivering meals with Chuck Gehring, the president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance, to senior citizens in the Grove City community.

"We're helping people," Hughes said. "That's the important thing."

Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage participated March 18, while state Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) participated March 17, according to a press release from LifeCare Alliance.

Gehring said LifeCare Alliance, which was recently named as one of five nonprofits to watch by the Columbus Foundation, operates in Franklin, Madison and Marion counties and works with 15,000 clients, of whom 4,500 receive service from Meals on Wheels. Of their clients, he said, 98 percent live below the federal poverty level with 70 percent living on less than $1,000 a month.

"(Social Security) doesn't cover it," Gehring said. "That's why we exist."

In 2013, 7,600 LifeCare Alliance volunteers put in 219,000 work hours.

"We always need volunteers," Gehring said.

For more information, visit lifecarealliance.org.

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