WCCOA Receives $1,250 for Participation in Meals on Wheels America’s 2015 March for Meals
Funding for the 13th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru of America, Inc.’s “Share the Love” Event
Bowling Green, OH (June 15, 2015) – Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is proud to announce that it has received a $1,250 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event, Subaru donated $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities for every new vehicle purchased or leased.
“We are so excited about receiving this award which will enable our agency to augment our nutrition program around the county,” said Jacqueline Metz, WCCOA Volunteer Coordinator. “The March for Meals program has allowed us to bring awareness to the real issue of senior hunger in Wood County,” she said.
Throughout the month of March, WCCOA invited elected officials, media personnel, local celebrities, and real estate professionals to deliver meals to older adults across Wood County. A total of 57 individuals were invited to deliver meals for WCCOA as part of the March for Meals program. This is the largest number of participants since WCCOA began participating in the program over a decade ago.
In total, $370,250 is being granted to 258 local Meals on Wheels programs and two Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Associations based on their March for Meals efforts. WCCOA will use the grant to continue our mission of enriching the lives of older adults in Wood County.
“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing local programs for bolstering the dynamic and effective partnership between Meals on Wheels and the businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who provide critical support within their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “In addition to mobilizing nearly 400 local Meals on Wheels celebrations across the country, we commemorated the month by releasing the findings of a groundbreaking research study proving that Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than just a meal.”
The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, businesses and governments to support seniors in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier. For more information, visit marchformeals.com.
About the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.
For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.
About Meals on Wheels America (formerly Meals On Wheels Association of America)
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, 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 www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.