Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW) is proud to announce that it has received a $2,000 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. This national campaign raises funds, which Meals on Wheels programs throughout the nation can then apply for via a competitive grant process. (MOW was also selected as the local charity of choice option for West Herr Subaru, and will be receiving a donation soon directly from Subaru of America and West Herr.)
Throughout the month of March, more than 40 community VIPs delivered meals through Meals on Wheels for WNY – including government representatives at all levels (federal, state, county, city, municipality), media celebrities and Buffalo Sabres alumni. Meals on Wheels for WNY also participated in a wide variety of tabling events and speaking engagements, sharing information about how to volunteer and how to receive services.
“March for Meals is an exciting event every year. We love being able to get our local VIPs more engaged with our work and it’s really a tremendous thrill for our homebound clients to have such important community members come out for a visit,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said. “March for Meals has ripple effects throughout the year. For example, Senator Panepinto’s office decided to ‘Adopt-A-Route’ by delivering on an ongoing basis and WIVB’s Jordan Williams signed up as a regular volunteer.”
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. The $2,000 granted to the Meals on Wheels for WNY will help with mission-related costs such as the purchase of ingredients and production of food for WNY’s homebound seniors and disabled individuals.
“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.