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OCO Nutrition Services Awarded ‘Share The Love’ Grant

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services recently received a grant from Meals on Wheels America as a result in its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” program.

Joanne Weldin, a driver with OCO Nutrition Services Meals on Wheels program displays the “Share the Love” hearts she added to her car to demonstrate the OCO’s participation in the Subaru of America “Share the Love” event.  OCO Nutrition Services recently received a $900 grant as a result of its participation.
Joanne Weldin, a driver with OCO Nutrition Services Meals on Wheels program displays the “Share the Love” hearts she added to her car to demonstrate the OCO’s participation in the Subaru of America “Share the Love” event. OCO Nutrition Services recently received a $900 grant as a result of its participation.

OCO Nutrition Services partnered with Meals on Wheels America and the “Share the Love” program this past holiday season to raise funds and awareness of senior isolation and hunger in Oswego County and to help feed seniors through its home delivered meals program and at its Dining and Activities Centers.

“Throughout the holiday season we hosted a number of activities at our centers and highlighted the “Share the Love” event on our Facebook page and our website.  Community members showed us some love by liking us on Facebook; helping our seniors create and decorate our activity centers with hearts and even decorating some of the cars of our Meals on Wheels drivers with “Share the Love” hearts,” explained Program Services Coordinator Bridget Dolbear.

Subaru of America’s “Share the Love” event was part of a national effort by the Meals on Wheels Association of America that provided local home delivered meals program across the country with much needed additional funds.

Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO said that Subaru of America and its local retailers across the country have become an extension of the Meals on Wheels family and helps it to deliver a warm meal, friendly smile and a safety check that’s vital to millions of America’s seniors.

“Subaru, our retailers, and our owners feel good about giving to organizations like Meals on Wheels, that’s why we do the Subaru “Share the Love” event,” said Subaru of America’s National Advertising Manager Brian Cavallucci.

In addition to receiving the grant OCO Nutrition Services’ participation in the “Share the Love” program did result in an increase of awareness of its programs.  “Many businesses, local groups, schools and community members donated food and holiday gifts and volunteered their time to assist us at our Dining and Activity Centers,” said Dolbear.

OCO’s Home Delivered Meal service is funded in part through Oswego County Office for the Aging, New York State Office of the Aging, and United Way of Greater Oswego County.  Additionally, OCO’s Nutrition Services administers six Dining and Activity Centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal and visit with friends.

These centers are located in Fulton, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Constantia.

For more information on OCO Nutrition Services contact Amy Roland at 315-598-4712 or visit www.oco.org