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Everyone is Invited to Participate in Second Annual Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels

Effort to Benefit Local Meals on Wheels Programs in Seven Bay Area Counties

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and the Social Services Agency’s Senior Nutrition Program invite Bay Area residents to support the Dine Out for Meals on Wheels effort.

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, 2011 to the Meals on Wheels program.

Nearly 200 restaurants in the Bay Area and dozens in Santa Clara County are participating in this one-day effort.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Meals on Wheels Program
County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency Senior Nutrition Program
Supporters of the Meals on Wheels Program

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Visit www.dineoutNOW.org to find participating restaurants in Santa Clara County

WHY:
Calls for financial aid and social services continue to increase, as state and local governments suffer drastic cuts. The Meals on Wheels program 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 601,874 meals 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: Gwendolyn 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: September 23, 2011