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Santa Clara County Residents Encouraged to Support Bay Area Dine Out for Meals on Wheels

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

WHAT:
1st Annual Bay Area Dine Out Now for Meals on Wheels
County of Santa Clara Board Supervisors and Santa Clara County Services Agency’s Senior Nutrition Program invite residents to support Meals on Wheels. Representatives from senior nutrition programs in 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. On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, partnering restaurants have committed to donate 10% of this day’s proceeds to Meals on Wheels programs in the Bay Area.

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

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 resources are scarce, transportation is limited or helpful neighbors move away.

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 hot, nutritious meals, 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, and 609,383 meals were served.

For donation opportunities and the list of participating restaurants in your area, visit www.dineoutNOW.org or call (888) 716-3669; for additional information on this effort, call Mary Cummins, from Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition Program at (408) 975-4861.

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) 975-4861
Posted: November 3, 2010