February 2020 News
Meals On Wheels South Florida Receives $5,000 From Meals On Wheels America And Caesars Foundation To Support Friendly Visitor Program
Much-Needed Funding Helps Connect Volunteers with Socially Isolated Seniors in South Florida
Plantation, Fla. – (February 6, 2020) – Meals on Wheels South Florida is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America and Caesars Foundation to help create a Friendly Visitor program for its Meals on Wheels clients. Funding will support Meals on Wheels South Florida in offering seniors an additional opportunity for socialization beyond regular meal delivery.
In total, Meals on Wheels America distributed $100,000 in Friendly Visitor Programs grants this year thanks to support from Caesars Foundation. The grants will enable Meals on Wheels programs across the country to pursue volunteer recruitment, training and volunteer-client matching, among other things, to begin or expand a Friendly Visitor program.
“Today, one in five seniors reports feeling lonely, which has been shown to increase their risk of health complications and negatively impact their well-being,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “For many Meals on Wheels recipients, the person delivering their meal is often the only person they will see that day, so Friendly Visitor programs serve as an invaluable way to keep them socially connected. We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to Meals on Wheels South Florida’s effort to do just that, thanks to ongoing support from Caesars Foundation.”
About Meals on Wheels South Florida
Meals on Wheels South Florida is a private nonprofit organization providing hunger-relief services since 1984. With the dedication of nearly 600 volunteers, Meals on Wheels South Florida delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable South Florida seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. Included in their comprehensive list of programs and services are home meal delivery, community-based dining, meals for companion pets, grocery shopping assistance, nutrition education and emergency meals. For more information, please call 954.731.8770 or visit mowsoflo.org.
About Caesars Foundation
Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by resorts owned or operated by the Caesars group. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $5,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation's objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. Learn more at www.caesarsfoundation.org.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
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Meals on Wheels South Florida is funded by the Federal Older American’s Act through the State of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County and with local Fair Share matching dollars from local municipalities. Additional support from The Jim Moran Foundation, Jewish Federation of Broward, Children’s Services Council of Broward, and The Salah Foundation and Private Donations works to further our mission: To end hunger across all ages with kindness, dignity and compassion.