Peggy Swenson

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Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels

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The Osceola Council on Aging Partners with Subaru to “Share the Love” this Holiday Season

Subaru’s “Share the Love” event helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Osceola County’s seniors...

Kissimmee, FL (December 16, 2014) – The Osceola Council on Aging is proud to announce its partnership with Subaru this holiday season to help fight senior isolation and hunger. On Monday, December 8, 2014 seven Subaru staff members travelled from Orlando, Tampa, South Florida and Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the Council’s Meals on Wheels program, packaging and delivering meals to needy seniors as part of the “Share the Love” event.  While Subaru doesn’t currently have a dealership in Osceola County, they certainly made their presence felt. This effort is part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s participation in Subaru of America, Inc.’s national year-end “Share the Love” event, designed as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities.

As a proud Subaru “Share the Love” event charitable partner, local Meals On Wheels Member programs that partner with Subaru retailers are eligible to earn grants of up to $35,000.This can provide an extra layer of support to help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors in Osceola County.

“Subaru retailers and Meals on Wheels have worked together since 2008, helping deliver one million meals to seniors every day,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels Association of America. “We are truly honored to be one of Subaru’s national charities for the seventh consecutive year. Their vital support enables us to power local communities in their fight against senior hunger and isolation all year long.”

For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 20, 2014, through January 2, 2015, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charities. By the end of this, the seventh “Share the Love” event, Subaru will have donated $50 million to charity over the past six years – including the delivery of one million meals to seniors in need.

This year the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOAA) selected the Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program to receive the top National Meals on Wheels Program Award. Chosen from over 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs throughout the US states and its territories, the Council was awarded a $10,000 grant. Subaru of America, Inc., a national sponsor of the 2014 Meals on Wheels Campaign, makes it possible for MOAA to present these generous grants. The Osceola Council on Aging serves all of Osceola County.  We currently have 31 routes:  11 routes in St. Cloud, 17 routes in Kissimmee including Celebration, 2 in Poinciana and 1 in Intercession City and Campbell City. In 2013 the Council delivered 91,245 meals to 386 homebound elderly and disabled adults unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.

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 several 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 www.mowaa.org.