Peninsula Volunteers’ Meals on Wheels Receives Recognition and Grant from Meals on Wheels America
Menlo Park, CA June 25, 2015 – The Meals on Wheels program with Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) has received national recognition in the form of a grant from Meals on Wheels America to thank the organization for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign.
“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 for local Meals on Wheels service providers to increase awareness in their support of seniors. Locally, the March for Meals program, held in March, enlists the aid of government officials, business owners and the general public to deliver hot meals to those in need throughout San Mateo County. The $1,750 grant PVI’s Meals on Wheels received this month from March for Meals America will help the organization supplement the expenses of this program.
Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels, said she was excited to have mayors from cities the organization serves engage in a hands-on experience with such a vital human service — driving meals to the program’s homebound seniors. Food delivery to seniors is a safety-net service providing a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier, she added.
“As people are living longer, national studies show that senior hunger is a major health threat,” said Baker-Venturini. “There is no more basic need than food and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone — our most vulnerable population — faces the peril of hunger. Without these daily hot meals and safety checks our seniors would be truly alone and at great risk.”
About Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. MOWA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020. www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
The PVI Meals on Wheels program, celebrates 37 years of service this year, delivers in eight (8) cities and the unincorporated areas of southern San Mateo County, with approximately 400 meals cooked, wrapped and delivered hot…to the front door, daily.
About Peninsula Volunteers
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is a pioneer in senior services and was the first volunteer organization to receive a HUD grant to develop and build low-income senior housing in the United States. For 64 years, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging in South San Mateo County, which have allowed seniors to pursue long, healthy and useful lives. Each year, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. delivers over $5 million in services, including over 150,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound, and touches over 4,500 households through its programs: Meals on Wheels; Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center; Rosener House Adult Day Services; and Peninsula Volunteer Properties, Inc. The latter provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park at Crane Place and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments.