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2015 Meals on Wheels Walkathon awarded $500 “Share the Love” grant by Meals on Wheels America

Subaru’s seventh “Share the Love” event supports Franklin County and North Quabbin seniors

share the loveLifePath is proud to announce it has received a $500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event held from November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which the Meals on Wheels program at LifePath is a member.

“We will use the $500 grant to help underwrite our 2015 Meals on Wheels Walkathon. Without the funds raised at our annual Walkathon, we would not be able to say “yes” to all home bound elders who request meals with no waiting time,” says Roseann Martoccia, Executive Director of LifePath. The 2015 Meals on Wheels Walkathon, a one-day celebration of local elders with walker prizes, entertainment, free food and drinks, and a raffle, is open to the public and takes place from 8 to 11am on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. You may register as a walker or make a pledge online or by calling 413-775-5555 x2225 or 978-544-2259 x2225. “Subaru’s $500 grant will help us offset costs for making the event a success and will inspire even more generosity for Meals on Wheels in our community.”

After receiving a $3,500 grant from Subaru of America through Meals on Wheels America last fall, the Meals on Wheels program at LifePath purchased new, electric thermal bags to use for meal delivery. LifePath staff worked to produce a video and other promotional stories about Meals on Wheels, featuring volunteer driver Doug Riddell making deliveries to homebound elders using the new bags. The stories were shared with local television, print, and online media outlets over the 2014 holiday season to raise funds and awareness of senior isolation and hunger in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

“We greatly appreciate Subaru’s ongoing commitment to Meals on Wheels through its annual ‘Share the Love’ event,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. “Subaru of America and its local retailers across the country have truly become an extension of the Meals on Wheels family. Even long after this event concludes, Subaru helps us to deliver that warm meal, friendly smile and vital safety check that are so vital to millions of America’s seniors.”

"Subaru, our retailers, and our owners feel good about giving to organizations like Meals on Wheels, and that’s why we do the Subaru “Share the Love” event,” said Brian Cavallucci, Subaru of America’s National Advertising Manager. “Subaru is honored to have donated more than $8.4 million to Meals on Wheels over the past seven years, making a positive impact in local communities and the lives of our elderly loved ones.”

The 2014 “Share the Love” funds will continue to benefit local Meals on Wheels America Member organizations throughout the year through additional grant opportunities, Annual Conference scholarships and by sponsoring the organization’s March for Meals annual awareness campaign.

About Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program at LifePath brings home-delivered meals and a daily check-in to homebound elders across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Meals on Wheels is always seeking more volunteer drivers to help deliver meals. The commitment can be whatever you choose to offer, and volunteer drivers receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement in exchange for their time. If you think that volunteering with Meals on Wheels could be the meaningful work that you’ve been looking for, now is the time to get started. Volunteer drivers are currently needed in towns across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. If you have transportation and a couple of hours midmorning to deliver meals, give LifePath a call at 413-773-5555 x2272 or 978-544-2259 x2272. You can make a difference. Read more about Meals on Wheels.

About LifePath

LifePath, an Area Agency on Aging and Aging Services Access Point, is a private, nonprofit corporation that develops, provides, and coordinates a range of services to support the independent living of elders and persons with disabilities with a goal of independence. The agency also supports caregivers, including grandparents raising grandchildren, in many ways. LifePath serves all of Franklin County and the Worcester County towns of Athol, Petersham, Royalston, and Phillipston; select programs serve all or parts of Berkshire, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

About Meals on Wheels America (formerly Meals on Wheels Association of America)

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America's seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.