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County Invites Residents to Participate in Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels

First of its Kind Local Initiative to Benefit Meals on Wheels Programs in Seven Bay Area Counties

WHAT:
1st Annual Bay Area Dine Out Now for Meals on Wheels
County of Santa Clara Supervisors and County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency’s Senior Nutrition Program invite you to support this first-of-its-kind initiative, in which 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. Residents are encouraged to patronize the partnering restaurants on November 9, as they will donate a portion of their profits from Tuesday, November 9 to the Meals on Wheels program.

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

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

WHERE:
Partnering restaurants throughout the Bay Area.
Visit www.dineoutNOW.org to find participating restaurants in Santa Clara County

WHY:
Meals on Wheels providers look for new ways to raise funds as the safety net shrinks and calls for help increase. Meals on Wheels fills in when home-bound elders have no other nutrition alternative. It provides essential life-line support to seniors when in-home care is delayed or stopped, transportation to the senior center is cut, helpful neighbors move away, or the cash-strapped hospital discharges them.

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 each day. Just in Santa Clara County 1,414 seniors participated in the Meals on Wheels program during Fiscal Year 2009-2010, when 609,383 meals were served.

For more information, interested restaurants and donation opportunities call (888) 716-3669, or locally, Mary Cummins at (408) 975-4861 and visit www.dineoutNOW.org

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Nicole Huff, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750; Mary Cummins, Senior Nutrition Program,
Posted: October 22, 2010