Community Champions Help Raise Awareness for PVI Meals on Wheels and the Needs of the Local San Mateo County Older Adults

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PVI MEALS ON WHEELS CELEBRATES THE 17THANNUAL MARCH FOR MEALS 

Menlo Park, Ca, March 21, 2019– PVI Meals on Wheels held its annual Community Champions Breakfast on March 20thin honor of the 2019 March for Meals. Across the country this week, Meals on Wheels programs have enlisted elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. San Mateo County Supervisor, Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor, Warren Slocam, Mayor Pro Tem, Cecilia Taylor and Portola Valley Mayor, Ann Wengert were in attendance and helped educate the community on the importance of Meals on Wheels. Also in attendance were Pamela Kurtzman, CEO Sequoia Healthcare District and Lisa Mancini, Director of Aging and Adult Services.

“Without the support of our community champions we would not be able to serve our clients. Our clients are frail, disabled, and isolated. The March for Meals Community Champions Breakfast is a way for us to honor and celebrate our elected municipal officials and volunteers who help us inform the broader community about the need to support our local seniors in need. Our volunteers deliver more than half of our meals to the older adults in need, and do routine well-being checks to ensure their health and safety”, said Director of Nutrition Services, Marilyn Baker-Venturini.

The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“We commend all of our 2019 Community Champions for stepping up in support of Meals on Wheels,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With 12,000 Americans turning 60 each day, now is the time to invest in these vital programs so that we can provide every senior in need with the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that will enable them to live healthier and independent in their own homes.”

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the older adults in San Mateo County, visit www.penvol.org.

About PVI Meals on Wheels:

Meals on Wheels (MOW) delivers hot, nutritious meals each day to homebound, isolated older adults in San Mateo County who are unable to shop and cook for themselves; many are frail, recovering from hospitalization, or are disabled. More than 60% of our clients have incomes below federal poverty levels, and often live alone – making our MOW deliverer the only person to give a smile and a hug to an isolated senior. Our volunteers and PVI staff deliver 600 meals daily to our clients. Please visit www.penvol.orgto find out how you can help.

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