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County Encourages Residents to Support Second Annual Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels

Residents Invited to Participate, Benefit Local Meals on Wheels Programs in Seven Bay Area Counties

WHAT:
2nd Annual Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels
For the second consecutive year, Meals on Wheels organizations from seven Bay Area counties are partnering with restaurants from local communities to raise funds to feed the growing senior population in need of in-home nutrition services. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their profits from Tuesday, October 4, to the Meals on Wheels program. County of Santa Clara Supervisors and Social Services Agency’s Senior Nutrition Program invite Bay Area residents to patronize participating restaurants on this day to support this effort.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Meals on Wheels
County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency Senior Nutrition Program
Partnering Restaurants
Santa Clara County Residents

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WHERE:
Visit www.dineoutNOW.org to find participating restaurants in Santa Clara County

WHY:
As state and local governments suffer drastic cuts, calls for financial aid and social services continue to increase. Meals on Wheels fills in when homebound elders have limited access to nutritious food. It provides essential lifeline support to seniors when resources are scarce, transportation is limited or helpful neighbors move away.

Last year 165 restaurants opened their doors to the first Annual Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels, and helped raise nearly $50,000. In Santa Clara County, $6,000 were raised, which translates into 1,000 additional meals for seniors in need.

Combined, Meals on Wheels organizations throughout the Bay Area provide nearly 3 million meals each year to over 8,500 seniors in local communities in need of a hot, nutritious meal, daily wellness check and companionship. In Santa Clara County, 1,420 seniors participated in the Meals on Wheels program during Fiscal Year 2010-2011, when 601,874meals were served.

For more information about how to become a participating restaurant or donor, call (888) 716-3669, or locally, Mary Cummins at (408) 975-4861 and visit www.dineoutNOW.org

Media Contact: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Nicole Huff, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750; Mary Cummins, Senior Nutrition Program (408) 975-4860
Posted: August 19, 2011