Enriching Lives As We Age

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels receives $1,250 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

Menlo Park, CA, June 30, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels 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 PVI Meals on Wheels’ 10th 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.

PVI Meals on Wheels celebrated March for Meals-Community Champions Day on March 23rd.   The annual breakfast event was attended by a member of the San Mateo County Supervisors and elected mayors and council members from each of the eight cities/towns PVI Meals on Wheels delivers.  In addition, representatives from Sequoia Healthcare District (a key funder) and San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services attended.  “We are excited to have the Mayors from the cities we serve engage in a hands-on experience with such a vital human service – driving the meals to our homebound seniors.  As people are living longer, national studies show that senior hunger is a major health threat. There is no more basic need than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone – our most vulnerable population – face the peril of hunger. Without these daily hot meals and safety checks our seniors would be truly alone and at great risk,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels.

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.  Locally, Putnam Subaru donated $2,500 to support the PVI March for Meals event.

“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.”  For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.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.

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