MEALS ON WHEELS OF SYRACUSE RECEIVES $1,250 GRANT FOR PARTICIPATION IN MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA’S 2016 MARCH FOR MEALS

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Receives $1,250 GRANT for Participation in Meals on Wheels America’s 2016 March for Meals

 Funding for the 14th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru’s Share the Love Event

Syracuse, NY, June 14, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is proud to announce that it has received a $1,250 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was Meals on Wheels of Syracuse’s’ 14th year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.

Executive Director, Mason Kaufman said, “we are so grateful to everyone who participated as volunteers delivering meals and working in our kitchen, or helped promote our mission on through social and other media in March. We also thank Meals on Wheels America for providing this generous support.  It was an exciting month of activity that we hope will build awareness of the need for volunteers to support our important cause throughout the year.”

Throughout the month of March, local leaders and celebrities volunteered, tweeted and shared photos of their support for Meals on Wheels. County Legislators, radio personalities, Miss Syracuse, Miss Syracuse Teen and Miss Syracuse Princess, to name a few were involved. Meals on Wheels had numerous television and radio news stories run, and had Meals on Wheels representatives appeared on public affairs and talk shows.  A contingent of supporters marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The agency topped the month off by rolling out its new logo with a new sign donated by a local sign business, and installed by another local company.

Nearly $400,000 has been granted to 265 local Meals on Wheels programs and one Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Association based on their March for Meals efforts. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, $250 was donated to a customer’s choice of a national or hometown charity for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. Meals on Wheels America has been a participating national charity since the event’s inception in 2008.

 “The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing Meals on Wheels America Members for their efforts to raise awareness and much-needed support for the critical service they provide their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Together, we can change the way this country cares for its seniors.”

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 Meals on Wheels of Syracuse

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is the fourth program established in the United States (1959).  The agency provides nourishing home delivered meals to homebound seniors and disabled adults; individuals who might go hungry or be unable to remain in their homes without meal service.  The agency serves the City of Syracuse, south to the Onondaga Nations, Skaneateles and Jordan/Elbridge.  In 2015, it provided almost 213,000 meals 765 people in need. The agency is literally and figuratively community driven, depending on the help of more than 300 volunteers drivers and meal packagers, and community donations to meet its mission.  For more information on meal service or on how you can help, visit www.meals.org

About Meals on Wheels 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.