FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services has partnered with the National Meals on Wheels Association and Subaru for the 2017 Subaru Share the Love Event.
Now in its 10th year, Share the Love is a partnership with Meals on Wheels America and local Meals on Wheels programs across the country.
OCO’s Meals on Wheels program provides daily nutritious meals and critical safety checks on homebound seniors.
Each donation helps enable seniors to age with independence and dignity in their own homes, where they want to be.
Since its inception nine years ago, Subaru of America and its participating retailers, through the Share the Love Event, have donated more than $94 million to help those in need.
Additionally, Share the Love has helped deliver more than 1.7 meals to America’s seniors.
“Participation in the 2017 Subaru Share the Love Event is an excellent way for us to increase awareness of OCO Nutrition Services and raise additional funds to benefit our home delivered meal program,” said program services coordinator Bridget Dolbear.
As part of this year’s Share the Love, OCO Nutrition Services is offering special activities and events at its Dining and Activity Centers and is collecting non-perishable food items in the lobby of OCO’s main office, 239 Oneida St. in Fulton; its kitchen site at 5871 Scenic Ave., in Mexico; and each of its six Dining and Activity Centers.
All food donations will be used to fill the shelves of its food pantry and the Blizzard Bags that provide emergency food supplies for snowbound seniors.
“On December 2, OCO Nutrition Services will be participating in both the Christmas in Mexico parade and the window decoration contest along Main Street, and we have partnered with Kinney Drugs in Mexico where we have a senior giving tree decorated with gift tags that indicate items that seniors in the greater Mexico area are in need of,” said Dolbear. “Additionally we are sharing the love on our Facebook page ‘OCO Senior Centers.’ I encourage community members to ‘like’ and follow our Facebook page to keep updated on what’s happening at our Dining and Activity Centers.”
As part of its participation in Share the Love OCO staff and community partners will be checking in on those that receive home delivered meals through its Holiday Calling initiative.
“For some of our seniors the only person they have contact with at their home is the person delivering their meal. Our staff and volunteers will be calling our seniors to see how they are doing. It’s nice to hear a friendly voice over the holidays and our seniors truly appreciate it,” said Dolbear.
OCO’s home Delivered Meal service is funded in part through Oswego County Office for 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 Cleveland.
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations.
For more information, visit www.oco.org.