THANK YOU! to everyone who joined and supported the 27th Annual March for Meals, Saturday, March 26, 2022
In Memory of Peter Killen and
Honoring Patricia Killen
Sponsored by Bay Ridge Center and the BRC Community Advisory Board, the March for Meals helps to raise awareness for and support Bay Ridge Center's provision of home-delivered meals in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend to 600+ frail, homebound and elderly residents every day. Click here for more about our meals program.
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The kick-off ceremony honored Patricia Killen for her community work. The walk was dedicated to the memory of her husband, Peter Killen. Congress woman Nicole Malliotakis presented Patricia with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus, right, also spoke.
Patricia Killen and Congress Member Malliotakis.
In memory of Peter Killen.
The registration table staffed by Kim Laraichi, Director of BRC's home delivered meals program.
The crowd listening to the ceremony.
The march steps off.
Time for a well-earned hot dog at the end of the march.
The Importance of BAY RIDGE CENTER
and HOME DELIVERED MEALS
Since 1976, Bay Ridge Center (BRC) has provided services and programs for older adults that promote their well-being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in the Bay Ridge community in Brooklyn, New York. BRC’s staff is aided by enthusiastic volunteers and works in cooperation with other community organizations, local businesses, schools and social service organizations to fulfill its mission.
Of the 8 million people who live in NYC, more than 1 million are over the age of 60 and this number is dramatically increasing at the most rapid rate in history. Bay Ridge has one of the highest elderly population in Brooklyn; with the most recent census figures indicating over 20% of the population is 60 years of age or over. Those living below the poverty level is estimated at over 17%.
Home-delivered meals may seem like a small thing, but they can be invaluable for older adults living alone. Meals delivered to elderly adults' doorsteps provide both nutrition and comfort to a vulnerable population. And they're a cost-effective way to keep aging adults in their own home longer, research shows.
Home-delivered meals are intended for older adults who are considered homebound due to illness or disability and who are food insecure due to limitations in their abilities to procure and prepare food on a daily basis.
Bay Ridge Center’s home delivered meals program is dedicated to providing seniors in our community with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be. This support is typically a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check.
Bay Ridge Center’s home delivered meals program is dedicated to providing a nutritionally balanced meal to frail, aged people and people with a disability and to actively educate clients and reduce the high risk of malnutrition in older people. Improving nutrition reduces falls and other associated health risks in older people.
In the news:
"Bay Ridge Centers hosts first in-person March for Meals after two years virtual" Brooklyn Paper, April 1, 2022
"Frontus and Malliotakis at March for Meals," Queen of the Click, March 27, 2022
"Marching Foward", Schnepps Media digital edition