Bay Ridge marches on for its seniors.
The Bay Ridge Center raised $20,000 for its Meals on Wheels program during its 23rd annual March for Meals, promoting awareness about a program that delivers 650 home-cooked, hot meals each day to senior Bay Ridgeites. Held on March 24, the event raised double Bay Ridge Center’s original fundraising goal of $10,000.
“It was a wonderful success. We had a great day, a great turnout,” Todd Fliedner, the center’s deputy executive director, said.
He emphasized the march’s importance in raising awareness for the Meals on Wheels program, noting that many seniors are food-insecure and often the delivery people involved in the program are the only human contact some seniors will have during their days.
“I think it’s really important to get out and let the neighborhood know what we’re doing here,” Fliedner said.
Fliedner said that the center was “incredibly thankful” to everyone who participated in the march, whether they took part in the march itself or contributed financially.
Upcoming on Bay Ridge Center’s agenda is Senior Tech on May 2, an event dedicated to educating those over 60 years old on how technology can impact and improve their lives. While the event was held last year in Bay Ridge, it was such a success that Bay Ridge Center has now partnered with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and will be having the event at Brooklyn Borough Hall. It will be a free, day-long event.
The Bay Ridge Center was founded in 1976, and has been serving the poor and elderly ever since. It has over 1,000 active members.