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On Tuesday, announced that the agency has been awarded a $16,900 grant from United Water. The funds will go towards subsidized meals for the Homebound Meal Delivery Service.
This financial support is desperately needed as many seniors face the difficult decision of either purchasing prescriptions or meals, and thus depriving them of adequate nutrition and increasing their risk of related poor health outcomes.
“This grant will help us provide meals for those in need and will truly make a difference for Rockland seniors,” said Barbara Kohlhausen, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland.
In 2010 the Meals on Wheels Association of America released a groundbreaking study revealing six million seniors in America face the risk of hunger. The report, entitled, “Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas” showed that the number of seniors facing the hunger risk jumped an astonishing 20 percent in just one year. Community support such as that from United Water Foundation is integral to combating hunger among seniors.
About Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland
In 2009, after 35 years of delivering meals to the community’s homebound population Meals on Wheels proudly served its 8 millionth meal. Meals on Wheels continues to advance its mission by providing for the nutritional needs of the elderly, reaching out to frail, isolated, and disadvantaged individuals and by providing a myriad of support services to those served. Through the Homebound Meal Delivery Program, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Centers and other programs, the Agency has impacted the lives of thousands of Rockland residents and their families.
Meals on Wheels is a County Contract Agency operating with funding from the federal government Older Americans Act, New York State, the Office for Aging, the County of Rockland, towns and villages, fees for services, grants and private contributions. For further information call 845-624-6325.