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Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia Awarded We All Love Our Pets (WALOP) Grant from Meals On Wheels Association of America Senior recipients with pets to receive pet food and services
Richmond, VA – The recipients of the Meals on Wheels program regularly receive home delivered meals but did you know, so do their furry friends? Meals on Wheels was one of the thirty-eight organizations across the country to be awarded a We All Love Our Pets (WALOP) grant of $800 from the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to expand their existing pet program. WALOP is an initiative of MOWAA to provide support and materials to Meals On Wheels programs nationwide that support the needs of their clients and their pets. “Since the mid-80s, Meals for Pets has provided thousands of pounds of pet food to our Meals on Wheels recipients who have pets,” said Richard Schultz, President of Meals on Wheels. “Because many of our recipients need financial support to pay for their meals, they were also struggling to provide meals for their pets. In fact in some cases recipients were feeding part of their meal to their pets in order to keep them alive. That’s when we realized there was an urgent need to develop a pet food program. We hare thrilled to be one of the recipients of a grant from Meals on Wheels Association of America.” “We are delighted to award our senior nutrition programs with these grants to support their seniors and their pets. The WALOP program will help ensure that no senior or pet goes hungry,” said Enid Borden, CEO of MOWAA. ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS SERVING CENTRAL VIRGINIA Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-driven organization founded 40 years ago based on the service ideal of “neighbor helping neighbor.” More than 2,500 volunteers help execute the organization’s mission to provide balanced and appealing meals to seniors, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged populations. AOUT MEALS ON WHEELS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA MOWAA is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The guiding principle to which it subscribes is to help those men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk. MOWAA provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others, "so no senior goes hungry."® ###


				
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