Support will help to fight senior isolation and hunger in San mateo County
Menlo Park, CA (March 9, 2016) – PVI Meals on Wheels announced today that it will be participating in the 14th Annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration for national and local Meals on Wheels programs, serving homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on this vital nutrition safety net service. PVI Meals on Wheels’ March for Meals, serving San Mateo County, celebration will begin with a breakfast on March 23, 2016, followed by meal delivery by dignitaries and community leaders: Mayors and Council members from the cities and towns served by PVI Meals on Wheels will personally deliver meals to demonstrate their support for our community’s older adults in-need.
“We are proud to have our Community Champions – mayors, councilmembers, supervisors, and funders get hands-on experience with this most vital human service. National studies show that senior hunger is a major health hazard. There is no need more basic than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone, our most vulnerable population, face the threat of hunger.” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels. “Raising awareness and charitable funding, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the funding gap for the nonprofits that operate local Meals on Wheels programs. San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, said, “PVI Meals on Wheels provides a critical service for food insecure seniors – our fathers, grandmothers – people that built the communities we live in today. I support this event annually, and hope that each person who has a senior in their families will support PVI Meals on Wheels as well. Click here to donate to PVI Meals on Wheels.
“The Meals on Wheels ‘more than just a meal’ model addresses three of the biggest threats of aging: isolation, hunger, and loss of independence,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services and housing to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley. High quality and nurturing programs engaging seniors so they are cared for and respected as vital community members is critical to PVI’s mission. Focusing on an active mind and body, experienced in a social environment, allows aging adults to embrace the symptoms of aging with health and a sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency; improving their quality of life.
Through four programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, Senior Affordable Housing and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, more than $8 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 130,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound. www.peninsulavolunteers.org.
For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors San Mateo County and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million 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, research, education 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