RUTLAND—Meals on Wheels of Rutland County recently announced its participation in the Share the Love Event this holiday season, which helps to fight senior isolation and hunger “one Subaru at a time.”
“The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging cannot do its work or fulfill its mission unless we are united in partnership with a broad coalition of community members and partners, private businesses and nationwide associations like Subaru and Meals on Wheels America,” said Sandy Conrad, executive director of Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, in a Nov. 19 press release. “By joining forces we boost our effectiveness and continue our mutual efforts in providing nutritious meals to homebound seniors within Rutland County. For that, we thank all who made this donation possible.”
This local effort is part of Meals on Wheels America’s annual participation in Subaru’s national year-end Share the Love Event. For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from Nov. 19, 2015, through Jan. 2, 2016, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charity, one of which is Meals on Wheels. By the end of this year, Subaru and its retailers will have donated more than $65 million to charity through the Share the Love Event.
Local Meals on Wheels America Member programs, like Rutland County Meals on Wheels, that partner with Subaru retailers to raise awareness for the Share the Love event are eligible to earn grants of up to $20,000. This can provide an extra layer of support to help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors in Rutland County.
“Subaru and Meals on Wheels have worked together since 2008, helping deliver more than 1.2 million meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “We are truly honored to be one of Subaru’s long-standing national charities for the eighth consecutive year. The substantial support generated through the Share the Love Event ensures that our seniors are not forgotten.”