Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru "Stuffs the Trunk!"
Thank you to Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru for hosting a "Stuff the Trunk" campaign during the month of June. Visit the dealership on Route 303 in Orangeburg and bring in a non-perishable food donation to help support the campaign!
Please click on the link below to view the promotional flyer as well as a list of needed foods. Thank you!Flyer
Kurz Family Foundation Recognized
On June 3rd, Meals on Wheels hosted a reception to thank Leonard Kurz for the ongoing generosity of the Kurz Family Foundation. To show appreciation the agency dedicated a plaque on its Henry Solomon Recognition Wall to the late Herb Kurz and the Kurz Family Foundation. Mr. Leonard Kurz spoke to those in attendance about what he learned from his father, Herb, who was a role model for community support and some of the Foundation's hopes for the future.
Meet Barbara Greenberg
Barbara, a member of the Meals on Wheels' Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center, graces our summer appeal letter that you may have recently received in the mail. Barbara loves attending a Meals on Wheels' Senior Center because it helps her live life to the fullest. Please click here to read how Barbara moved from Letchworth Village into the community and how she is thriving today. Your financial support helps us continue to serve Barbara and many others!Summer Appeal
Inspiring Seniors Among Us
Meals on Wheels is pleased has partnered with Bardonia Physical Therapy to provide physical therapy services on-site at the agency's five senior centers. A team of trained Physical Therapists come weekly to each of the centers to provide group and individual exercises to center members. Exercises are tailored to meet center members' needs and are provided to seniors with no out-of-pocket cost. "This is such a valuable service," says Jean Labosco, Director of Senior Centers at Meals on Wheels, "as it would be very difficult for many of our seniors to access the services on their own."
Financially Protecting Our Seniors
Federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has created several easy-to-understand guides to help seniors make sound financial decisions and help protect seniors from financial abuse (e.g. preventing common scams!).Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Caregiving in the U.S. 2015
Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 is a joint research study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP providing new insights into different groups of caregivers and the challenges they face in the workplace.
To read more about the report please click on the link below:Report
Free Smoke Alarms Available
The Department of Health Healthy Neighborhood Program can provide and install free smoke alarms to eligible residents, including seniors. All that is required is a brief home survey at the time of the visit. Please call (845) 364-3290 or 3292 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
Expanded Coverage for More NYS Seniors
The New York State 2014-15 budget included the expansion of the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC) to cover the prescription needs of more seniors. Eligible income brackets wereexpanded to double for married couples (from $50,000 to $100,000) and to more than double for singles (from $35,000 to $75,000). Please click on the image below for more information.
R2M Realty Charity Give Back Program
Thank you to R2M Realty, a new real estate brokerage firm opened in Rockland County by Kenyatta Jones-Arietta. Ms. Jones-Arietta commitment to the community is evidenced by her agency's Charity Give Back program where R2M will donate 3% of their commission on residential sales to the company's buyers and sellers' local charity of choice. They can also choose up to 3 local charities in which the company will donate 1% of their commission to each of the three charities. Fortunately, Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland has been lucky enough to already benefit from this program! Please click below to visit R2M's website:R2M Realty
and click below to read R2M's press release:Press Release
Serving Families Affected by Breast Cancer
Did you know that your Meals on Wheels serves families affected by Breast Cancer?
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland is participating in the Magnolia Meals at Home™ program. Many of our neighbors living with breast cancer receive up to six monthly home deliveries of up to seven meals designed to help meet their nutritional needs. In addition, family members may also receive up to 10 meals as well. To find out if you or a loved one is eligible visit the Magnolia Meals website by clicking below or contact Ilsa Svoboda at email@example.com or at (845) 624-6325.Magnolia Meals
Celebrating Our 9 Millionth Meal!
Meals on Wheel's 9 Millionth Meal was delivered to 93 year old Nora Cahill by County Executive, Ed Day and Sheriff Falco on July 23, 2014.
Barbara Kohlhausen. Ed Day, and Stan Schwatz are pictured in front of a 1956 Mercury holding the 9 millionth meal.FIOS1News
Countywide Telephone Reassurance Program
If you are over 60 and living in Rockland County and would like to get a free, friendly phone call each day, you may request it from Northern Services Group. To become a recipient or volunteer for the program call the Director of volunteer Services at Northern Services Group at (845) 426-6757.
A Worry-Free Way for Seniors to Stay Connected
Assurance Wireless, is partnering with Meals on Wheels Association of America to provide FREE cell service to low-income eligible seniors. In a world where many seniors are struggling for access to basic needs, Assurance Wireless, can help them stay connected to family, friends and emergency services.
Click on the link below for more information:PDF
Translators Without Borders
Meals on Wheels is grateful to Translators Without Borders for providing translation services for our program participants and prospective clients who have limited English proficiency. They have chosen to support the agency by donating their translation services free of charge. The agency is grateful to them for their generosity and assistance.
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
The Meals on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation BBQ, held on June 11, 2015, was a huge success. Over 200 volunteers and staff celebrated the loving and caring work accomplished by our volunteers. Meals on Wheels is very fortunate to have an amazing team of over 400 volunteers. We value each and every one of our volunteers and the unique skills and personalities that they all bring to us, whether they are with us a few hours a year or several hours a week. In 2014 our volunteers served over 28,00 hours preparing food in our commissary, delivering meals to homebound clients, assisting in our offices, pitching in at special events, and spending time with seniors in our centers.
Research Backed Evidence Confirms "More than a Meal" Benefit
Meals on Wheels of American released the results of The More Than a Meal Research Study, on March 2, 2015. The study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, not surprisingly, reveals significant impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the control groups.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the control groups.
To read an executive summary of the study or the full report, please visit:More Than A Meal
Meals on Wheels Student Volunteer Receives Service Award
Meals on Wheels is pleased to announce that the agency presented the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to student volunteer Kory Borkenoff in recognition of his significant volunteer service. Kory has volunteered over 100 hours for Meals on Wheels. In addition to a certificate, Kory also received a letter from the President of the United States. Meals on Wheels is fortunate to have such committed volunteers like Kory!
Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond and Vice President for Operations Jim Burton present Kory Borkenoff with the President's Volunteer Service Bronze Award.
Students at Liberty Elementary School
Thank you to the students at Liberty Elementary School, in Nyack, NY, for their generous donation of over 200 blizzard boxes. In this photo Liberty students and staff pose with Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Martini and the students generous donation.
Adult Day Participant's Family Shares Their Beautiful Story
Lifelong Rockland residents Delores and John Lodico's life philospohy can be summed up by the title of a recently published book about their family: Always Room for One More. The title was chosen and the book was created by all three of the Lodico couple's children. Meals on Wheels' Adult Day Care of Rockland program is pleased to be able to help care for John several days each week. To read the Lodico's story in a recent Rockland County Times issue, please click on the link below.
Rockland County Times
Growler & Gill Guest Bartender
Thank you to Growler & Gill for hosting our guest bartender fund raiser and thank you to our guest bartenders and everyone who attended for your generous tips. The agency raised to close to $3,000 to support seniors and the homebound!
The "Coupon Queen" Donates Two Van Loads of Food!
On December 23rd Meals on Wheels was fortunate to benefit from the efforts of Rockland's own Coupon Queen. Anna D'Souza delivered two van loads of food and personal care items to be distributed to beneficiaries of Meals on Wheels programs. Please click below to watch Verizon Fios Channel 1's coverage the story!
Senator David Carlucci, Anna D'Souza and Don Hammond pose in behind of some of the food donated by AnnVerizon Fios Channel 1
Ladels of Love at Lakeview
Meals on Wheels continues to fight senior hunger with the agency's "Ladles of Love" monthly free soup program. On March 18th 30 bowls of nutritious and delicious vegetable soup were distributed at the Lakeview Village Apartments in Spring Valley. Meals on Wheels will continue its monthly free soup day at various county locations.
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