FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Nutrition Services has partnered with the National Meals on Wheels Association and Subaru to “Share the Love” this holiday season to help feed seniors through OCO’s home delivered meals program and at its Dining and Activities Centers.
A national effort by the Meals on Wheels Association of America and Subaru the “Share the Love” event provides additional funds to local Meals on Wheels programs throughout the country.
“For nine years, the Subaru Share the Love event has contributed to incredible organizations that make a profound difference in our local communities and throughout the country,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. “As we roll out this new campaign, it is truly rewarding to be able to share the inspiring stories of real people that Subaru and our partners have touched along the way.”
Through the Share the Love event, from now to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of the four national charities with a minimum guarantee of $250,000.
In addition to these partners, Subaru retailers have selected more than 660 hometown charities for their customers to support as well. By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love event.
“Participation in Subaru’s 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 campaign 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 snow-bound seniors.
“We have also 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. “We will also be sharing the love on our Facebook page ‘OCO Senior Centers.’ I encourage community members to ‘like’ our Facebook page and keep updated on what’s happening at our Dining and Activity Centers.”
“On a more personal level, through our ‘Holiday Calling’ initiative we will be calling participants in our home delivered meal program over the holidays. For some of our seniors the person delivering their meal may be the only person they have contact with at their home, therefore staff and volunteers with our home delivered meal program will be calling them to see how they are doing. It’s always nice to hear a friendly voice over the holidays and our seniors truly appreciate it,” she continued. “We are excited to be partnering with the National Meals on Wheels Association and Subaru and are looking forward to sharing the love this holiday season!”
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 Constantia.