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[February 23, 2017]  LINCOLN - CAPCIL’s Nutrition Services Program announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net.

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”The services that we provide the seniors of Logan and Mason Counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Becky Leamon, Director of CAPCIL’s Nutrition Services Program. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like CAPCIL’s Nutrition Services Program, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long.

“March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Logan and Mason Counties and across the country, visit

About CAPCIL’s Nutrition Services Program:
CAPCIL is a private, non-profit organization that serves the low-income and senior populations throughout 6 Central Illinois counties. It is the mission of CAPCIL, in partnership with communities in our service area, to empower persons with low income and the aged by creating and implementing poverty-fighting initiatives for those in crisis and those that endeavor a life of lasting independence. In support of this mission, CAPCIL's Senior Nutrition Program is a vital and integral part of helping seniors remain independent and stay in their homes. The meals are offered as a suggested donation of $3.00 per meal however no one is denied for inability to donate. Home delivered and congregate meals are provided to eligible individuals age 60 and over with a focus on those in greatest economic or social need. We serve an average of 2285 home delivered meals a month and about 130 people per delivery day, Monday Wednesday and Friday. CAPCIL serves an average of 684 congregate meals each month and about 37 people per day. Each meal contains 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intake(DRI), receive approval by a Registered Dietitian and are prepared in CAPCIL's central kitchen.

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Volunteers are an essential function of the program and are greatly needed to carry out the daily operation of delivering meals. Staff and volunteers are trained in food safety and to recognize signs of abuse or neglect and are required to report this and any unusual activity or behavior to their supervisor. It is important to note that the meal driver may be the only person some of the seniors see in a day and the driver offers more than a meal. They offer a smile and social interaction along with a safety check to the seniors. This provides the family a sense of comfort knowing that their loved one is being taken care of in this way. CAPCIL's Senior Nutrition Program is partially funded by Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland and Logan County United Way as well as private donations. All donations and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to help with the mission of ensuring no senior is forgotten or goes hungry.

For more information on CAPCIL’s Senior Nutrition Program, volunteering, or other CAPCIL programs please visit their website at or by calling 217-732-2159.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit

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