SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — Santa Clara County Meals on Wheels, in partnership with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America, announced today the results of Love Letters, a campaign that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.
“Many seniors have spent their lives caring for and about others,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Chair of the Board of Supervisor’s Children, Seniors and Families Committee. “This thoughtful act of kindness is an encouraging sign of our youth caring for and being respectful of our seniors.”
In total, more than 68,000 teen volunteers nationwide made Valentine’s Day cards for nearly 100,000 of the 2.5 million vulnerable seniors receiving Meals on Wheels across the county. Love Letters provided an opportunity for young people across the country to help lift the spirits of older adults and combat social isolation. Young people found local, participating Meals on Wheels programs – from a list of 356 across all 50 states – where they sent the card(s). The Valentine's Day cards were then included in meal deliveries made by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
“We were thrilled and grateful to have received more than 1,600 cards in the mail for our clients,” said Mary Cummins, Program Manager of the Santa Clara County Meals on Wheels program. “As many connected to Meals on Wheels program know, we deliver so much more than a meal. These adorable cards have warmed the hearts of almost 1000 homebound seniors in Santa Clara County.”
Cummins added that Santa Clara County Meals on Wheels received so many cards that they were able to share them with another local Meal on Wheels program and some of other Senior Nutrition sites.
To help Santa Clara County Meals on Wheels program deliver more than just a meal, visit www.sccgov.org/mow or contact Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels program at (408) 975-4860.
About Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels Program
The Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels program is authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965 and has provided meals to seniors 60 years and older in Santa Clara County since 1974. The purpose of the program is to reduce hunger and food insecurity, promote socialization, and support of the health and well-being of older adults by providing access to nutritious meals and other health promotion services. Last year, the Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels program provided over 1.1 million meals to seniors in Santa Clara County. Every day approximately 3,000 seniors receive a meal from the Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels program. For more information, visit www.sccgov.org/mow.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, visit mowaa.org.
With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. DoSomething.org loves teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that the world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, DoSomething.org launches a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and does not require money, an adult, or a car. Youth may join the movement at www.DoSomething.org.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; and Mary Cummins, Social Services Agency Senior Nutrition Program, (408) 755-7682
Posted: February 14, 2014