Meals on Wheels awards $2,500 grant

Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc. has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) thanks to the generosity of Subaru of America.

As part of MOWAA’s participation in the Subaru of America “Share the Love” event, Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Inc. worked with Briggs Subaru of Topeka during the 2013 holiday season.  From November 21, 2013 to January 2, 2014, Briggs Subaru of Topeka donated $10 for every test drive taken.  On January 16th, Briggs Subaru of Topeka presented Meals on Wheels a very generous check in the amount of $1,220.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Briggs Subaru of Topeka ended as a result to secure a MOWAA grant award,” said Heidi Pickerell, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels.  “We recognize that valued partners like Briggs allow us to ensure we nourish the homebound people in our community.”

The $2,500 grant that was awarded will go directly toward the provision of meals to those throughout the service area.

As one of the five Subaru “Share the Love” Event charitable partners, MOWAA created the “Share the Love” grant program to foster partnerships between local Meals On Wheels programs and Subaru dealerships. MOWAA is awarding grants to Meals On Wheels programs across the country that involved dealership employees in their efforts to serve homebound seniors in their community.

“Subaru continues to show its generous support for our vision to end senior hunger,” said MOWAA President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “MOWAA is gratified to have joined with Subaru for a sixth straight year of ‘Share the Love.’ The strong partnerships forged between Meals On Wheels programs and Subaru dealerships in communities across the country only serve to bring us closer to ensuring that no senior goes hungry.”

The Meals on Wheels home delivery program provides nearly 600 meals to participants striving to remain independent in their homes throughout Shawnee and Jefferson Counties.  Participants may be elderly, homebound, disabled, or otherwise at risk of food insecurity.  Meals are provided regardless of age or the inability to contribute toward the cost of the meal.  In addition to meal provision, services include nutrition screening, education, nutrition assessment and counseling, as appropriate.

Community volunteers who deliver meals play a vital role in the delivery process as they report to Meals on Wheels any health and environmental changes or crises they may observe during their visits.

All meals served are required to provide at least one-third of the daily recommended dietary allowances established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.  Physicians may also order a special diet to assist in the management of chronic illnesses up to and including: diabetes, kidney failure, congestive heart failure and chewing/swallowing problems.

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