Participants in last year's version of the Houston Senior Center's annual walk-a-thon fundraiser take to the streets of Houston. 

The Houston Senior Center will hold its annual “Main Event” Miles for Meals Walk-a-thon fundraising event, on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Letters have been sent asking for sponsorships and donations, and event chairpersons Elaine McCarry and Carolyn Mills contacted businesses and giving information about the fundraiser. Community senior citizens will collect pledges and walk in the event, and count on citizens to help them meet a goal of $5,000 for congregate and home bound delivered meals programs and services.

One mile and three mile routes have been mapped out, starting and finishing at the Houston Senior Center in downtown Houston (301 S. Grand Ave). Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk is 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Cash prizes and other awards will be presented.

Houston Senior Center administrator Bernadine Hohlt said the facility served 40,524 home bound and congregate meals last year. The center provides frozen meals for clients in the Licking area since the Licking Senior Center became independent in February 2015.

“We have seen an increase in frozen meals for clients outside the city limits,” Hohlt said. “These meals provide nutrition and are one way of helping individuals remain in their own homes despite problems of aging, disability or illness.”

Recipients of homebound meals and services are part of an age group that is rapidly growing in numbers.

“It should be recognized that increased human and financial resources are required to meet the need for home bound meals and services for seniors,” Hohlt said. “We’re asking for your help in this annual event. Even if you just give a little, it all adds up to help services for seniors in our community available.”

For more information, or to obtain a pledge form, make a donation or volunteer to work, call Hohlt at 417-967-4119.

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