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Silver Key Senior Services Will Be Participating in 54th Annual March for Meals Celebrating Meals on Wheels - 02/23/24

Support will help to fight senior hunger and isolation in the Pikes Peak region amid the pandemic and rapidly rising food costs.

Colorado Springs, CO – Silver Key announced today that it will be participating in the 54th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on this essential service to remain healthy and independent at home, now even more so amid the ongoing pandemic. Silver Key’s celebration will include various activities throughout the month of March, including Silver Key’s celebration honoring those in the community that make Meals on Wheels a possibility throughout the month of March. Silver Key will also have selected community dignitaries and local celebrities onsite volunteering with meal prep and delivery during Community Champions Week from March 18thth-20th to help gain awareness and visibility for this important cause. 

“Since the pandemic began, we have experienced a 71% increase in the demand for delivered meal services 7% more in just the past year alone in the Pikes Peak region,” said Jaime Garcia, Chief Development Officer for Silver Key Senior Services. “We have seen an uptick in local seniors reaching out for food support and we want to remain a vital lifeline to provide nutritious and well-balanced meals.” 

Silver Key experienced a tremendous increase when COVID first began in demand for Home Delivered meals. After the initial increase, it has continued to grow, and it has become apparent that reaching isolated seniors (particularly on fixed incomes) is still a great need. Silver Key delivered over 50,000 meals and served over 135,000 in our entire nutrition program in 2023.

The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates fifty-three years ago the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, community-based Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need. 

“We commend all of our 2024 Community Champions for stepping up in support of Meals on Wheels amid such an unprecedented time in our nation’s history,” said Ellie Hollander, President, and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Despite decades of proven success and bipartisan support, funding for this program has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing need for its services. With the nation’s senior population increasing dramatically, now is the time to support local Meals on Wheels programs – through volunteering, donating, and speaking out – to ensure we are able to deliver for another 50 years.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute, or speak out for seniors in the Pikes Peak region this March visit www.silverkey.org or call 719-884-2300.

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Silver Key provides older adults in the Pikes Peak region with a wide variety of services such as Silver Key Connections Cafés, home-delivered meals including Meals on Wheels, government food program distribution, Thrift Store with durable medical equipment, Reserve & Ride transportation services, V.I.P. program volunteer events and service opportunities, and vital Silver Key Health & Wellness Services which include a wide array of senior assistance services including companionship, case management, resource navigation, calls of reassurance, and Five Wishes advanced care planning.

 

Senior Summit 2024
Senior Summit 2024
Silver Key Senior Summit 2024 at Great Wolf Lodge (Photo) - 02/13/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2024 Annual Silver Key Senior Summit - Expo: A Comprehensive Showcase of Senior Services

Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 13, 2024 – The Silver Key Senior Summit returns for its highly anticipated annual Expo, taking place on May 16th, 2024, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Great Wolf Lodge. This event promises to be the highlight of the year for seniors, their families, and those dedicated to providing essential services for the elderly population.

The Silver Key Senior Summit Expo is a one-of-a-kind gathering that brings together seniors, caregivers, and service providers in a comprehensive showcase of senior services. Whether you are a senior seeking valuable resources, have elderly friends or family members, or are actively involved in serving the senior community, this event is tailored to meet your needs.

Highlights of the 2024 Silver Key Senior Summit Expo include:

1. Diverse Vendor Showcase:
  Explore a vast array of products and services from over 80 vendors specializing in senior care, health, wellness, lifestyle, and more. From healthcare providers to financial advisors, technology solutions to leisure activities, the Expo provides a holistic platform to discover the latest offerings tailored to seniors' unique needs.

2. Free Admission:
  Attendees can enjoy free admission to the event, making it accessible to everyone in the community. The Silver Key Senior Summit Expo is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all to learn, connect, and engage.

3. Free Parking:
  To enhance the overall experience, free parking facilities are available for all attendees. Easy access ensures a stress-free arrival and departure, allowing visitors to focus on the wealth of information and services available inside.

4. Free Food:
  The Silver Key Senior Summit Expo not only caters to the mind but also to the taste buds. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, lunch, and delicious snacks, creating a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for all attendees.

Event Details:
  - Date: May 16th, 2024
  - Time: 9 am - 2 pm
  - Location: The Great Wolf Lodge – 9494 Federal Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

The Silver Key Senior Summit - Expo of Senior Services is more than an event; it's a community celebration of our seniors and a testament to our commitment to their well-being. With an extensive array of vendors and free access for all, we invite everyone to join us on May 16th for a day filled with information, connections, and the celebration of our vibrant senior community," said Melissa Bagnall, Donor Relations and Event Coordinator of the Silver Key Senior Summit.

For more information, please visit www.silverkey.org/senior-summit or contact development@silverkey.org.

About Silver Key Senior Services:
Silver Key serves in partnership with our stakeholders to support a healthy quality of life for seniors, allowing them to age safely with dignity and independence. Silver Key provides older adults in the Pikes Peak region with a wide variety of services such as Silver Key Connections Café, Home Delivered Meals including Meals on Wheels - delivering reassurance, Reserve & Ride transportation services, V.I.P. volunteer events and service opportunities, and vital Silver Key Health & Wellness Services providing a wide array of senior assistance services including behavioral health, companionship, case management, and government food program distribution.

Contact:
Melissa Bagnall
Donor Relations and Event Coordinator
development@silverkey.org
www.silverkey.org

Attached Media Files: Senior Summit 2024