Meals On Wheels Gets Grant

Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area has received a $1,500 grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America on behalf of Subaru of America Inc. for its participation in the company’s sixth annual “Share the Love” event.

For every vehicle sold or leased between Nov 21, 2013, and Jan. 2, 2014, Subaru donated $250 to the customer’s choice of charity. Among the five national choices, the Meals On Wheels Association of America was included for the sixth straight year.

“Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area is excited that we’ve been able to receive funding for the Subaru program,” said Barrie Yochim, executive director for Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. “The money we receive from this award will help Meals on Wheels feed area senior citizens who can’t afford home-delivered meal service on their own.”

During this year’s Share the Love event, Jamestown Meals on Wheels partnered with Shults Subaru in Jamestown during the 2013 holiday season to raise funds and awareness of senior hunger in Chautauqua County and at the same time promote voluntarism. For nearly six weeks, Shults Subaru and Jamestown Meals on Wheels encouraged people from the community to test drive a new Subaru and learn about fighting hunger in Chautauqua County and beyond.

“We are overwhelmed by the support of Subaru customers who generously selected Meals on Wheels as their beneficiary,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels Association of America president and CEO. “As a result, our hardworking programs all around the country can deliver more nutritious meals, safety checks and smiles that serve as a lifeline to America’s homebound seniors.”

“This event continues to makes us very proud,” said Dean Evans, Subaru chief marketing officer. “Having given nearly $7 million to Meals on Wheels programs over the last six years, Subaru is making a real difference in the lives of seniors in local communities.”

Jamestown Meals on Wheels has partnered with Shults Subaru during the “Share the Love” event for the past two years and has received a total of $3,500. This year’s funding will be used to help provide meals to senior citizens in central and southern Chautauqua County.

Senior citizens can receive a heatable or a cold sandwich meal each day, or both, as needed from Jamestown Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels also provides frozen meals to be used on weekends, in some cases. The suggested cost for home delivery of one heatable meal and one cold meal is $8.25 per day. For either a heatable or cold meal, the suggested cost is $4.75 per day.

Meals on Wheels can keep its delivery costs low because it utilizes many volunteers who help deliver meals each day. Volunteer delivery routes, called satellite routes, are delivered in Jamestown, Lakewood, Falconer, Celoron and Fluvanna each day. Volunteers deliver nearly 100 meals each day for Meals on Wheels. Some Meals on Wheels volunteers are from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States.

All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

For more information, visit mowaa.org.