Celebrate Volunteer Week With US April 12-18
We are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 12-18th by recognizing our dedicated volunteers who do so much for our seniors. We are thankful for our hardworking Meals on Wheels volunteers! We are recognizing our volunteers this week, but we are also looking forward to a special thank you event for our volunteers in June. More details to follow as the date approaches!
Open to the Public
Please join us for lunch on Thursday, April 23rd! Meals on Wheels is one of the many fine options for diners who would like to participate in the Nanuet Chamber of Commerce's Shop & Dine Event. This is a great way to check out our agency programs while enjoying a tasty and nutritious meal of Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian Sausage & Peppers and coffee and dessert all for $10 between 12:00 pm AND 1:30 pm at the Meals on Wheels Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center at 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet. Please RSVP to Amanda at 845/624-6325 or email@example.com
FREE Tax Assistance and Preparation
AARP Foundation offers a free tax-aide program for income eligible taxpayers. Hundreds of trained volunteers offer their assistance in every state and the District of Columbia. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has been assisting people for over 40 years and is offered in cooperation with the IRS. Please click here for more information.
Great Mother's Day Gift Idea!
Do the moms in your life enjoy plants and flowers? Then consider ordering some through Meals on Wheels! Volunteers Therese Vailakis and Melanie Rivera are generously running a Plant Sale fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Please click below for the order form.Order Form
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.
Celebrating Seniors during March for Meals
The month of March mobilizes hundreds of Meals on Wheels programs like ours across the country to reach out to the community and build the support that will sustain our programs all year long in the national March for Meals campaign. One of the ways that Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland has celebrated March for Meals was by marching in the Pearl River St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 22nd. Participants had a lot of fun and showed March for Meals spirit by wearing cardboard cars created by Homebound Program volunteer driver and artist, Charlie Goldstein!
Audio from WRCR AM 1300
March for Meals Helps Keep Rockland Beautiful
Clarkstown/Pearl River Senior Center members assist ARC members in painting a community trash receptacle with the logo below in honor of March for Meals. The Artful Receptacle project is a program of Keep Rockland Beautiful, where local artists and community groups transform trash receptacles into works of art. Over 300 hand-painted cans grace our beautiful county!
Art Auction Cancelled
The Art Auction has been cancelled. Anyone who purchased a ticket will be given a refund.
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
PDI/Nice-Pak and Subaru "Share the Love" This Holiday Season
PDI/Nice-Pak and Subaru "Share the Love" this holiday season. Thank you to PDI/Nice-Pak for hosting a "stuff the trunk" event at the company's annual Turkey Bowl holiday gathering. Company associates donated over 50 Blizzard Bags for the agency's homebound meal delivery program recipients. Meals on Wheels appreciates PDI/Nice-Pak's continued support!
Please click below to see the full story covered by the Rockland County Times:Lohud
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle During National Nutrition Month
One of the many ways Meals on Wheels proudly participated in both National Nutrition Month and the National March for Meals Campaign was by presenting nutrition workshops at our five senior centers. The presentation focused on healthy lifestyle choices with a particular emphasis on healthy snacks. Seniors enjoyed samples of healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables and almond milk.
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.
Volunteering Over 15 Years!
Awards were presented in recognition of over 15 years of service to four volunteer instructors at Meals on Wheels Adult Learning Center of Rockland. Eileen Herkes, Lilo Kassel, Mark Neumann, and Marty Weitzman and were presented with their awards by Don Hammond, CEO/President of Meals on Wheels along with Ian Borsook, Program Coordinator of the Adult Learning Center.
Herb Kurz Remembered
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland is saddened by the news of the passing of well-known Rockland philanthropist and long-time Meals on Wheels supporter Herb Kurz. Please on the button below to read about Mr. Kurz's passing.
Lowey Highlights Impact of Federal Nutrition Programs Benefitting Rockland Seniors
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, visited Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc. (MOW Rockland) on Monday, November 24th to highlight the impact of federal nutrition program funding on the well-being of Rockland seniors during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Congress must pass a spending bill by December 11, 2014, to keep the government open. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Lowey will be fighting to protect funding levels for critical programs that help the neediest among us, including senior nutrition programs that benefit hundreds of Rockland seniors who are unable to shop or prepare their own food.
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