Meals on Wheels Spokane Awarded $35,000 “Share the Love” Grant from Meals On Wheels Association of America
Subaru’s “Share the Love” event helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Spokane’s seniors
Spokane, Washintong March 15,2014 – Meals on Wheels Spokane is proud to announce it has received a $35,000 grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America on behalf of Subaru of America, Inc. for its participation in the company’s sixth annual “Share the Love” event. For every vehicle sold or leased between November 21, 2013 and January 2, 2014, Subaru donated $250 to the customer's choice of charity. Among the five national choices, the Meals On Wheels Association of America was included for the sixth straight year.
“Since the beginning of 2014 we have gone from delivering 183 meals per day to over 250. This grant makes it possible for us to avoid having to place at risk seniors on a wait list.” Announced Mollie Dalpae, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Spokane.
During this year’s event, Meals on Wheels Spokane partnered with Downtown Subaru during the 2013 holiday season to raise funds and awareness of senior hunger in Spokane. A Stuff the Trunk campaign was held at their dealership and businesses and people came down and dropped off blankets, soups or socks to "warm" a senior's soul and body for the holidays. A Santa (one of our seniors) was out front of the Downtown Subaru waving at cars and teenagers from Lewis and Clark High School held signs encouraging people to participate. A photographer was present when the Washington State Patrol organization contributed $500 to the campaign (see Meals on Wheels Spokane Facebook for pictures and video).
“We are overwhelmed by the support of Subaru customers who generously selected Meals On Wheels as their beneficiary,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals On Wheels Association of America President and CEO. As a result, our hardworking programs all around the country can deliver more nutritious meals, safety checks and smiles that serve as a lifeline to America’s homebound seniors.”
“Congratulations to Meals on Wheels Spokane from the entire team at Subaru of Spokane. We could not be more proud of you all and the amazing work you do in our community. We appreciate every day being a small part of your wonderful organization and look forward to our partnership for many years to come! Congratulations!!!” Exposed John Lefreic, General Manager of Downtown Subaru.
Meals on Wheels Spokane has partnered with Downtown Subaru during the “Share the Love” event for the first time. This year’s funding will be used to provide hot meals to very low-income, fragile seniors.
About Meals on Wheels Spokane
The Meals on Wheels program is a non-profit organization that provides eligible (homebound, over 60 and disabled) seniors with a hot and nutritious meal, five days a week, hand-delivered by a caring volunteer (on Tuesdays we deliver frozen meals for the weekend). The goal of Meals on Wheels Spokane is for seniors to safely live independently in their homes by receiving good nutrition and a daily check in by our volunteers. By remaining in their neighborhoods seniors have the opportunity to maintain neighborhood friendships, continue to worship at their religious institution and continue living with independence.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit http://www.subaruspokane.com.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit mowaa.org.