E.C.H.O. Meals on Wheels, Inc. has been awarded $8,748 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The money will provide E.C.H.O. Meals on Wheels with a much-needed kitchen appliances and other equipment, critical to serving seniors.
The financial support is desperately needed as many Meals on Wheels programs across the country continue to struggle with skyrocketing gasoline costs and rising food prices.
“Thanks to the Walmart Foundation-MOWAA Building the Future Impact Grant,” Board President Lorene Gulgert said, “we now have a brighter future in our efforts to keep feeding seniors in our community. This grant will help us provide the next meal to many of our clients in need and will truly make a difference for the seniors of western suburbs of Onondaga County.”
The Walmart Foundation recently announced a $5 million donation to MOWAA as part of a $2 billion commitment to support hunger relief efforts through 2015. Part of that $5 million donation will fund the “Building the Future” Impact Grants. The grants will help more than 100 local Meals on Wheels programs purchase of stoves, refrigerator, trucks and other equipment needed in the fight to end senior hunger.
“We know that seniors are among those hardest hit by hunger in this country,” president of the Walmart Foundation Margaret McKenna said. “Many are home-bound and rely on neighbors and community, volunteer programs like Meals on Wheels to help put food on the table. Through this $5 million grant , we hope to bring additional attention to senior hunger and help ensure our parents, grandparents and friends who have added so much to our lives have access to healthy and nutritious foods.”
“The Walmart Foundation continues to step up to the plate in the fight against senior hunger,” president and CEO of MOWAA Enid Borden said. “They understand that joining Meals on Wheels in this battle is a moral imperative. The Walmart Foundation’s generous support helps ensure our programs sustain meal services in the future. We can’t thank the Walmart Foundation enough for being such a powerful partner in our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020.”