Wasilla's 'Miles for Meals' fundraiser returns

Back in August of 1989, Wasilla seniors got together and planned their first Miles for Meals on Wheels 5K. The event was successfully carried out on June 2, 1990 and raised a little over $5,000. There have been many changes over the past 31 years, but the Miles for Meals Fun Run, Walk & Roll 5K continues to be the largest fundraiser of the year for Wasilla Area Seniors Inc. (WASI).

Due to lingering concerns about group events, WASI will host this year's 5K both in-person and virtually, in your space or at our place. The virtual 5K event will run from June 1 through June 26; the in-person event will be held outdoors on Saturday, June 26. On that Saturday, check-in begins at the Wasilla Senior Center campus, 1301 S. Century Circle, at 9 a.m. and the race/fun run starts at 10 a.m. You can register online at http://www.wasillaseniors.com/miles-4-meals-on-wheels/m4m-re/ or stop by the Wasilla Senior Center. The cost is $25, and t-shirts are available for $12.

This year we have added a virtual silent auction which began May 15 and ends June 1, at 3 p.m. The silent auction will be the kick-off for our main fundraiser of the year, which as you know benefits Meals on Wheels of Mat-Su Valley. Follow us on Facebook or check our website https://www.wasillaseniors.com for more details.

Our Meals on Wheels program is on track to deliver over 120,000 meals this year, which is a 41% increase from last year. With your help, we can continue to provide a daily wellness check by our staff and trained volunteers. Besides a daily meal, this greatly needed human connection is a lifeline for a lonely and sometimes forgotten group. Whether it is because of income, lack of mobility, or social or cognitive roadblocks, for many, Meals on Wheels is an essential part of their diet, budget, and social life. It may be the only full meal they get in a day. It really is that important.

If you would like to donate or sponsor this event, email marlenem@alaskaseniors.com or call us at 907-376-3104.

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