Menlo Park, California, September 12, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels has been selected to receive a much-needed grant from the Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund to greatly expand service to the north of its traditional service area. This expansion, in two phases, first as far north as San Bruno, and then in the second phase to Daly City, will effectively double the number of homebound seniors and people with disabilities in San Mateo County who will receive the daily, hot nutritious meal provided by PVI Meals on Wheels.
The Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund grant of $20,000, administered by Meals on Wheels America, will support the delivery of 44,000 meals to program participants who previously received frozen meals one time per week. PVI Meals on Wheels drivers not only deliver each meal, they are trained to check on the well-being of each meal recipient and take action if anything is amiss. Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels, expressed her gratitude for this grant, “I am honored we were chosen. The Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund grant advances our expansion plan and supports our mission to increase food security and access to nutritious food, keeping older adults and adults with disabilities well-nourished and healthy, living independently in their own homes.”
Kellogg is the breakfast cereal company founded by Will Keith Kellogg in 1898 — In a fortunately failed attempt at making granola, W.K. Kellogg, and his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, changed breakfast forever when they accidentally flaked wheat berry. W.K. kept experimenting until he flaked corn, and created the delicious recipe for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. So it is no surprise that the Company’s Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund seeks to support health and nutrition.
PVI Meals on Wheels has been providing home delivered meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities in south San Mateo County since 1978. It is supported in part by a contract with San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services through Older Americans Act funds, which make up less than half of the cost of providing the meals. Fundraising and donations are needed to supplement that funding.
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.