National call

Meals on Wheels America and celebrity supporters issue national call for #RespectYourElders

Celebrities – including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Gayle King, Bass Spear and more – Join the social media challenge to share words of wisdom from elders

ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Meals on Wheels America – the national governing organization that supports more than 5,000 community programs dedicated to ending hunger and isolation for older adults in the United States – has partnered with many of its celebrity supporters to launch the #RespectYourElders campaign, garner support for America’s aging population and raise awareness of the importance of honoring older adults nationwide. The social media challenge is simple – share heartwarming videos or photos that evoke the stories, smiles and charming personalities of significant seniors in your life – and it comes at a crucial time when older Americans are more alone than ever, with millions of people confined to their homes and living by with no family or friends nearby.

We all have the power to help change that, so Meals on Wheels America is calling to empower our elderly neighbors before they are completely left behind. After all, there’s so much we can learn from spending time with our elders and it’s important to pass on the wisdom and stories they share with us to others, while doing all we can. to nurture their lives and let them know they are not alone. .

Many of the organization’s famous supporters will be taking to social media throughout August to share words of wisdom from older loved ones and encourage their followers to do the same. Famous attendees include NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, actors Lily Tomlin, André Burnap, Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein, Gail Bean, Jalyn Room, Poorna Jagannathan, Ramona Young and Zyra Goreckiand singers Bass Spear and coffey anderson.

“I’ve always looked up to my mom for her warmth and kindness,” shared Lily Tomlin when asked who she is highlighting to support the campaign. “One of the greatest things she taught me is that there’s always room at the table for one more person. That’s why I answer the call of Meals on Wheels America to #RespectYourElders.”

In addition, renowned journalist Gayle King recently joined Meals on Wheels America to support the campaign by hand-delivering meals to seniors in New York City and said: “Everyone I know loves to eat, but imagine if you had no way of getting to the grocery store or a restaurant. Sadly, that’s the reality for a lot of seniors in our town. That’s why when Meals on Wheels was asked if I wanted to help deliver lunch and dinner to the people who needed it most, I said, “Yes, please sign up. me!” Now it’s your turn.”

Millions of older people are confined to their homes and almost a third of those who live alone spend almost all their time alone. Supporting Meals on Wheels today provides the nourishment, compassion and hope that can not only brighten their days but also change their lives.

“At Meals on Wheels, we not only nourish seniors’ bodies through our food deliveries, but also their souls because, for many, our volunteers provide the only human contact they have all week,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “The #RespectYourElders campaign is about encouraging people to connect with the seniors in their lives, from family and friends to neighbours. They need us and, as our Meals on Wheels volunteers who help in our mission to fight against the isolation of seniors. , we have so much to learn from them.”

Head toward to learn more about how you can get involved in the #RespectYourElders campaign and support the crucial work of Meals on Wheels.


Meals on Wheels America is the leading organization that supports more than 5,000 community programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network serves virtually every community in America and, with more than two million staff and volunteers, provides nutritious meals, friendly visits and security checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence. and dignity. Through funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy, 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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