SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City residents are invited to join elected officials and members of community organizations in partnering with SAGE Eldercare as it participates in the 18th annual 'March for Meals', a month-long, nationwide coming together of local civic groups, businesses, government officials and caring individuals to ensure that homebound, older adults are not forgotten.

The average age of the clients SAGE delivers meals to is 83. Of those, 65% say they rarely have visitors other than their 'Meals on Wheels' volunteer.

“The services that we provide older adults in our area are critical; it’s not just a warm meal, but also a vital wellness visit,” said Marianne Kranz, SAGE Director of Meals on Wheels. “Together, we can keep older adults living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

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'March for Meals' participants have included NJ State Senator Thomas Kean Jr., Summit Mayor Nora Radest, Police Chiefs from Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Springfield and Mountainside and local government officials and volunteers.

Established in 1966, SAGE’s 'Meals on Wheels' is the oldest continuously-run home delivery meal program in New Jersey. In 2019, approximately 400 volunteers delivered more than 43,729 meals to 212 people in Union County (Summit, Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence and Springfield), Essex County (Millburn and Short Hills), and Morris County (Chatham and Madison).

For more information about participating in 'March for Meals', call Marianne Kranz at 908-598-5514 or contact mkranz@sageeldercare.org.