September 27, 2011 > Dine out for Meals on Wheels
Dine out for Meals on Wheels
Submitted By Gwen Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa
The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and the Social Services Agency's Senior Nutrition Program invite Bay Area residents to support the Dine Out for Meals on Wheels effort. For the second consecutive year, Meals on Wheels organizations from seven Bay Area counties are partnering with restaurants from local communities to raise funds to feed the growing senior population in need of in-home nutrition services.
Calls for financial aid and social services continue to increase, as state and local governments suffer drastic cuts. The Meals on Wheels program fills in when homebound elders have limited access to nutritious food. It provides essential lifeline support to seniors when resources are scarce, transportation is limited or helpful neighbors move away.
Last year, 165 restaurants opened their doors to the first Annual Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels, and helped raise nearly $50,000. In Santa Clara County, $6,000 was raised, which translates into 1,000 additional meals for seniors in need.
Combined, Meals on Wheels organizations throughout the Bay Area provide nearly three million meals each year to over 8,500 seniors in local communities in need of a hot, nutritious meal, daily wellness check and companionship. In Santa Clara County, 1,420 seniors participated in the Meals on Wheels program during Fiscal Year 2010-2011, when 601,874 meals were served.
Nearly 200 participating restaurants in the Bay Area will donate a portion of their profits from Tuesday, October 4, 2011 to the Meals on Wheels program. Visit www.dineoutNOW.org to find participating restaurants.
For more information about how to become a participating restaurant or donor, call (888) 716-3669, Mary Cummins at (408) 975-4861 or visit www.dineoutNOW.org