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Meals-on-Wheels' essay wins grant money to help local seniors in need

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Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties has just won a grant from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)/Subaru "Share the Love" grant program. The winning essay, which follows this news release, describes how clients are impacted by caring volunteers that deliver meals.

With daily contact, volunteers help clients deal with the loneliness that many feel, especially during the holidays. In some cases, volunteers may be the only person they see all day, and many become friends.

Meals-on-Wheels is now entering the next phase of the holiday competition. Winning that portion of the contest could earn this Meals On Wheels program up to an additional $500.

The money comes at a critical time for this Meals On Wheels program, and the more than 140 other grant winners nationwide. The country’s economic downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding our community’s homebound and other hungry seniors. Meals-on-Wheels plans to use the money to provide hot, noontime meals to the hungry elderly and disabled throughout the area.

The MOWAA/Subaru "Share the Love" grant is tied to Subaru’s Share the Love Event. The Share the Love Event will run from Nov. 20, 2010 – Jan. 3, 2011. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA. For more information about Subaru’s Share the Love Event, visit www.media.subaru.com.

"These Meals On Wheels programs share love every day by bringing food and companionship to America’s hungry seniors," said MOWAA President and CEO Enid Borden. "For the third year in a row Subaru has generously included Meals On Wheels in its Share the Love Event. We want the world to read these stories and find out more about what these amazing Meals On Wheels programs do every day to ‘Share the Love’ in their communities."

"This is the season of giving and we are so thankful that Subaru has decided to give back to our program this year to help us deliver meals to our clients over the holidays," said Vinsen Faris, Meals-on-Wheels executive director. "This grant truly is a gift."

The next phase of this competition relies on getting the most Facebook users to "Like" this story.

More than 140 "Share the Love" essays from programs across the country have been posted on MOWAA’s Member blog. The Meals On Wheels program with the most "Likes" will win an additional $500.

Those placing 2nd through 10th will receive an additional $250.

To "Like" the local essay submitted for this Facebook contest, go to mowaablog.org and search "Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties."

Meals-on-Wheels is projected to feed over 50,000 meals—lunch and breakfast—between Thanksgiving Day and the first of the New Year, serving 750 people each day of the week.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or if you know of someone who could benefit from Meals-on-Wheels services, please contact the Meals-on-Wheels offices at 817-558-2840, 972-351-9943 or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org. Meals-on-Wheels is a community benefit organization serving the residents of Johnson and Ellis Counties for more than 33 years.

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