Summit County Meals on Wheels receives $900 grant |

Summit County Meals on Wheels receives $900 grant

Andy Searls, a volunteer for the Community and Senior Center, tables at Vista Subaru in Silverthorne to raise funds and awareness about senior hunger.
Courtesy of the Summit County Community and Senior Center |

Mountain Meals on Wheels received a $900 grant from Subaru of America last Monday. Since becoming affiliated with National Meals on Wheels, the Summit County Community and Senior Center was able to raise funds by participating in Subaru’s “Share the Love” event.

The event, which was held Nov. 20, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015, allowed customers who bought or leased a new Subaru to donate $250 to a charity of their choice. During that time, $900 in donations was made to Meals on Wheels.

“We are a small rural community with a great volunteer base and several clients in need,” Lorie Williams, Summit County Community and Senior Center manager said in a statement. “This donation will help us keep fresher items in the Meals on Wheels Program for a more complete nutritional base. We strive to have the most nutritious homemade meals, because this is our clients’ primary meal of the day.”

In 2014, Mountain Meals on Wheels delivered more than 2,500 meals in Summit County. Program coordinator Valerie Greenhagen said grants cover 17 percent of the budget for Mountain Meals on Wheels, with the rest paid for by county money and meal fees.

“The majority of people we deliver to are seniors, but we do have some folks who are homebound and just need the help,” Greenhagen said.

During last winter’s “Share the Love” event, the Community and Senior Center partnered with Vista Subaru in Silverthorne and Summit County Senior Citizens Inc. to raise awareness of senior hunger and isolation in Summit County.

“Subaru, our retailers, and our owners feel good about giving to organizations like Meals on Wheels, and that’s why we do the Subaru ‘Share the Love’ event,” Brian Cavallucci, Subaru of America’s national advertising manager said in a statement. “Subaru is honored to have donated more than $8.4 million to Meals on Wheels over the past seven years, making a positive impact in local communities and the lives of our elderly loved ones.”

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