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MEALS ON WHEELS PERMANENTLY OPEN DELIVERY ROUTES
CREATE AN URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

MASSILLON, OH – October 23, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) has an unprecedented number of permanently open delivery routes, and the agency is in urgent need of volunteers to ensure its vital community service continues in Stark and Wayne Counties.

MOW works hard to provide at-risk individuals with nutrition for better health, happiness, and independence and is one of a few Meals on Wheels agencies nationwide that operates without a client waiting list; however, with the number of individuals in need continuing to grow and the struggle to find volunteers escalating, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain this policy. Creating a waiting list would mean telling individuals in need of nutritional support that they must wait for assistance until there is room to include them on a route – this is something MOW wants to avoid, and it is hoping to find volunteers to fill permanently open routes and eliminate the threat of a waiting list. 

The agency operates out of 17 satellite sites located throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and serves nearly 1,500 meals per day. The meals are divided and delivered across 65 delivery routes. Out of those 65 routes, however, MOW faces multiple, permanent open routes every single day. A permanently open route forms when there are no regularly scheduled volunteers available to deliver. On Monday, the agency has 15 permanently open routes; Tuesday it has 7 permanently open routes; Wednesday it has 8 permanently open routes; Thursday it has 13 permanently open routes; and Friday it has 14 permanently open routes.

Below is the total number of permanently open routes at sites in Stark and Wayne Counties:

Massillon – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties Administrative Office
Total: 5 permanently open routes

Alliance – First Immanuel United Church
Total: 4 permanently open routes

Brewster – Holy Family Parish
Total: 4 permanently open routes

Canal Fulton – St. John’s Lutheran Church
Total: 3 permanently open routes

Canton – Cherry Turner Towers
Total: 6 permanently open routes

Canton – Mayfield Manor Apartments
Total: 7 permanently open routes

Canton – Plaza Terrace Apartments
Total: 1 permanently open route

Canton – North Industry Christian Church
Total: 4 permanently open routes

Jackson – St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church
Total: 7 permanently open routes

Louisville – Paradise United Church of Christ
Total: 7 permanently open routes

Rittman – Rittman Towne Manor
Total: 4 permanently open routes

Wooster – Wooster Community Center
Total: 5 permanently open routes

If you are interested in volunteering and available at one of the above locations, please contact MOW’s Volunteer Coordinator, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 or klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

Volunteers must be licensed drivers and have auto insurance coverage. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday and take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The agency provides volunteers with training and mileage reimbursement. MOW welcomes those who would like to become regular drivers or occasional substitute drivers. There is also an Adopt-A-Route program which allows companies to deliver in the community through an employee-rotation schedule.  

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"PUT HUNGER IN PARK" FOOD FEST WAS A SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attednded, and supported this fundrasier. Meals on Wheels is confident is met its $70,000 fundraising goal, and the agency is beyond happy with the great turnout. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and Meals on Wheels cannot wait to grow this fundraiser and continue raising awareness for its agency. 

To check-out stories on "Put hunger in Park," please click on any of the links below. 

http://www.northneighbornews.com/news/20170926/meals-on-wheels-hosts-put-hunger-in-park-fundraiser

http://www.indeonline.com/news/20170921/meals-on-wheels-raises-funds-awareness-with-annual-event

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20170921/meals-on-wheels-raises-funds-awareness-with-annual-event

http://www.cantonrep.com/opinion/20170925/notes-amp-quotes-for-week-of-sept-25-2017
 

You can also find more information about Meals on Wheels' 2017 "Put Hunger in Park" and other upcoming events by visiting https://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofStarkandWayneCounties/ 

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THE MAIN EVENT: PUT HUNGER IN PARK
Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties’ Main Event Fundraiser is on the Move

MASSILLON, Ohio – Save the Date for Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties’ 6th Annual Main Event Fundraiser “Put Hunger in Park!” 

Join Meals on Wheels on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:00-10:00pm at Hoover Park as it hosts its first ever food fest. “Put Hunger in Park” will have food and beer trucks, live entertainment, exciting contests for children and adults, and unlimited opportunities to learn more about Meals on Wheels. This event is free and open to the public.

“Our mission continues to be serving the community, and this event will celebrate the community’s support of our mission,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We wanted to find a way to incorporate meals, wheels, and our supporters – and a food fest is the perfect fit. It is a genuine way for us to inform and connect with our developing audience and to say thank you to all those committed to ‘Putting Hunger in Park’ in our community.”

This event will replace the agency’s traditional Main Event Auction in November. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards the Meals on Wheels’ mission of providing its at-risk neighbors with nutritional support for better health, happiness, and independence.

Nancy Bundy is the 2017 Event Chair. Bundy has more than 25 years of experience planning local events and is known for her participation in Junior League and the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. Meals on Wheels is honored to have her paving the way for this year’s new Main Event.

“I am really looking forward to doing something new for the agency,” said Nancy Bundy, event chair. “Meals on Wheels has a dedicated following, and we think this event will recognize that continued support while at the same time welcoming new community members who want to get involved.”

Further event information will be posted to https://www.mow-starkwayne.org/main-event-2017 in the coming weeks. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please visit the agency’s website or call Suzanne Whisler at 330-832-7220 ext. 109. 

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MEALS ON WHEELS INVITES YOU TO ITS WOOSTER OPEN HOUSE

MASSILLON, OH – June 19, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is hosting an Open House at the Wooster Community Center (241 S Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691) on Tuesday, June 27th from 10:30am-1:00pm, and the whole community is invited!

Join Meals on Wheels’ staff, volunteers, and elected officials for a fun and informative event. Individuals are encouraged to stop by, taste meal samples, and find out more information on the agency’s mission and services.

“We believe strongly the best way to explain Meals on Wheels to others is by showing them exactly how we operate,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We know that once people see what we do, they will recognize, appreciate, and want to support the vital community service provided by Meals on Wheels.”

Agency staff will be there to answer questions from individuals interested in meal services, volunteer positions, and other opportunities for engagement. Additionally, this event will highlight Meals on Wheels’ current process in Wooster because it will take place during the day’s meal deliveries. Attendees can watch as volunteers arrive, load and unload coolers, finish delivering routes, and showcase Meals on Wheels’ service from start to finish.

This event is for those who have always considered getting involved with Meal on Wheels – as a client, volunteer, or supporter – but have not taken the next step.

If you have any questions regarding the Open House, please contact Meals on Wheels’ marketing manager, Melissa Coultas, at coultas@mow-starkwayne.org or 330-832-7220 ext. 111. 

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MEALS ON WHEELS RECEIVES GRANTS FROM THREE LOCAL FOUNATIONS AND ONE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION  

MASSILLON, OH – June 19, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is honored to announce it is receiving a combined total of $14,888 in grant funding from the Aultman Foundation, Health Foundation of Greater Massillon, the Massillon Community Charitable Fund, and Meals on Wheels America.

$3,000 from the Aultman Foundation will be used to purchase manual lid crimpers, or “slammers,” for its satellite sites. This equipment allows MOW staff to quickly and safely package hot meals.

$5,388 from the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon will be used to purchase new shelving units for its main commissary. The shelves will increase MOW’s ability to purchase healthy food in bulk by providing safe and sturdy storage space.

$4,000 from the Massillon Community Charitable Fund will be used to purchase a commercial grade, reach-in refrigerator and several kitchen small wares. This equipment will be used to enhance kitchen operations.

$2,500 from Meals on Wheels America will be used to purchase pet food for the agency’s “Wheels for Wags” program. “Wheels for Wags” provides MOW clients with free pet food to assist them in keeping companion animals healthy and within the home.

“It is very rewarding to know so many foundations believe in our mission and recognize the need to support Meals on Wheels,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “All of the funding we are receiving through these three grants will help further improve our operations, and, as a result, create an even better service for our clients.”

MOW serves 1,400 meals per day to nutritionally at-risk individuals throughout Stark and Wayne Counties – regardless of their age or income. To do this, the agency depends on passionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and a very generous community. As the demand for MOW’s services continues to increase, so does the agency’s need for supporters. For more information on how you can support Meals on Wheels, please visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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TOGETHER WE WILL KEEP MEALS ON WHEELS MOVING

At this point in time, it is uncertain how budget cuts will impact our agency. We are very proud to offer a vital community service to nutritionally at-risk individuals in Stark & Wayne Counties, and we  are beyond thankful for your outcry of support. We will do everything we can to keep our community informed as the proposed federal budget progresses. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to demonstrate your support, you can do any or all of the following:

-         DONATE and your dollars will be used to provide meals for individuals in need:
          https://www.mow-starkwayne.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

-         VOLUNTEER and learn firsthand how valuable our services are:
          http://www.mow-starkwayne.org/volunteer-0

-         SHARE your own stories and stories that we post (on our website and social media pages) and help us raise awareness of all of the proven benefits of Meals on Wheels:                      
          https://www.facebook.com/MealsonWheelsofStarkandWayneCounties/

-         SIGN this petition and let your President and Members of Congress know that you believe Meals on Wheels’ budget should not be cut:
          http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action/advocate/sign-our-petition-to-protect-meals-on-wheels

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Meals on Wheels receives $25,000 grant towards new delivery trucks

MASSILLON, OH – April 10, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is excited to announce it was awarded $25,000 from the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation in support of its request for funding to support the purchase of two, new delivery trucks.
 
“Meals on Wheels is so grateful for the support of the foundation and the impact it will have on the agency,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We could not serve our mission without our delivery trucks, and we could not exist without the help of foundations like the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation.”
 
Funds from the Austin-Bailey Foundation were combined with designated dollars from MOW’s past two Main Event fundraisers to support this purchase. These trucks make it possible for the agency to deliver nearly 1,400 meals per day throughout Stark & Wayne Counties, and they play an essential role in fulfilling MOW’s mission to provide nutritionally at-risk individuals with nutritional support for better health, happiness, and independence.
 
 
MOW depends on its community to continue providing this vital service, and it is committed to finding meaningful ways to connect and collaborate. For more information on how you can work with Meals on Wheels – as a supporter, partner, or volunteer – please visit its website at www.mow-starkwayne.org, or call the office at 330-832-7220. 
 

(Left to right: MOW Marketing Manager, Melissa Coultas; Austin-Bailey Foundation Executive Director, Don A. Sultzbach; MOW CEO, Ted Watko)

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties: Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

About the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation: The Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Its focus is to support programs that promote the physical and mental well-being of the citizens of Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties in the state of Ohio. The Foundation emphasizes healthcare affordability concerns of the uninsured and underinsured, the poor, children, single parents, and the aging. It also advocates programs that speak to the mental health needs of individuals and families. The Foundation was established in 1996 with proceeds from the sale of Doctors Hospital, Inc. of Stark County, Ohio. 

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MEALS ON WHEELS OF STARK & WAYNE COUNTIES URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

MASSILLON, OH – January 30, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is in need of volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to neighbors in need this winter.

The agency depends on at least 60 volunteers each day to deliver nearly 1,400 meals; however, with many volunteers down South for the winter, the agency is facing an urgent need for drivers.

“We are always looking for more volunteers, but we are especially in need during the winter months,” said Anngi Klick, Volunteer Coordinator. “We are looking for compassionate individuals willing to keep us moving, so if you have the time – and don’t mind the snow – we would love to have your help.”

Volunteers must be licensed drivers and have auto insurance coverage. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday and take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The agency provides volunteers with training and mileage reimbursement.

Meals on Wheels welcomes those who would like to become regular drivers, or occasional substitute drivers. There is also an Adopt-A-Route program which allows companies to deliver in the community through an employee-rotation schedule. 

For those individuals or businesses interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 or email: klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties
Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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EAT FOR CHANGE AT CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

 

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MOWNOPOLY players raise money for Meals on Wheels  
*This story was published in the Suburbanite and written by Patricia Faulhaber 
 
CANTON Stark County residents spent last Friday night playing Monopoly while raising money for Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Stark and Wayne Counties. The annual fundraiser takes on a different theme each year and this year it was to have fun with the popular Monopoly game with the theme of "Make a Move to End Hunger."
 
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Local Meals on Wheels has served more than 12.5 million meals since 1974
*This story was published in the Massillon Independent and in the IndeOnline and written by Robert McCune 
MASSILLON Every Wednesday, rain or shine, Doris Rudy makes her deliveries.
As dependable as the postal service, the 84-year-old retired math teacher has been lucky so far that the weather, even during the winter months, hasn’t been too bad.
“There have been days when I’ve thought, ‘I’m glad I’m delivering today and not yesterday,’” she said. “Or there’ve been Thursdays when the weather has been pretty bad. I’m sure the tide could turn any time.”
 
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Meals on Wheels receives $100,000 for Canton Site

MASSILLON, OH – September 15, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is thrilled to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center.

This funding is designated for MOW’s Mayfield Manor Apartment site and its surrounding area.

“This is going to help our agency make a real impact in Canton,” said Ted Watko, CEO of MOW. “It’s really great to find and organization like this with a compatible mission, and we are glad we can use these funds to benefit our local community.”

The National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center was originally a senior center in Canton, OH, located in the same neighborhood as MOW’s site. After closing, the organization wanted to find ways to contribute its funds to local organizations, and MOW was a perfect fit.

MOW has been working harder than ever to engage the Canton community. Not only is there a high demand for its services, but MOW is also always searching for volunteers to deliver in this area.

For more information on client services or becoming volunteer driver for MOW, please visit the agency’s website at www.mow-starkwayne.org, or call the office at 330-832-7220.

(Members of the National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center pictured with Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels.)

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties: Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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Walmart Foundation Awards $840,000 to Fight Hunger in Ohio: 18 non-profits across the state receive grants during Day of Giving

Massillon, OH – July 28, 2016 – Today, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation hosted seven check presentations across Ohio to celebrate a “Day of Giving to Fight Hunger” in which 18 nonprofit organizations received a total of $840,000 in grants from the Foundation’s State Giving Council. Walmart’s “Day of Giving” featured presentations in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Massillon, Perrysburg, Youngstown and West Chester.

In Massillon, local Walmart representatives recognized three organizations for their dedication to serving communities in Stark and Wayne Counties and presented grants to support their efforts to fight food insecurity in the region.

·         Holmes County Council on Aging received a $50,000 grant to purchase two new vehicles for Meals on Wheels deliveries and medical transportation and grocery shopping.

·         Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties received $25,000 to supplement meal costs for clients who are unable to pay their suggested donations.

·         The Martin Center in Canton also received $25,000 to furnish a commercial-grade kitchen where the center will be able to prepare hot meals for 40-60 youth who take part in recreational programs.

“These funds will go a long way in helping our mission to provide nutritionally at-risk individuals with the proper nutrition for healthier, happier, and more independent lives,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education.

“Helping organizations in our communities that help others to live better is something that is very important to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said Fran Jackson, Manager of the Massillon Walmart Supercenter. “We are very pleased to be able to support those organizations that fight hunger in our communities, especially among our children and our senior population.”

Among the nonprofits organizations that were recognized at other local events across the state include:

·         City Gospel Mission of Cincinnati received a $40,000 grant to support its efforts to provide nutritious food and education about healthy cooking and eating to low income and homeless families in the area.

·         Hope House Rescue Mission of Middletown will receive $30,000 to offer additional nutritious meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables to help in the physical recovery of the homeless men, women and children in the community.

·         The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received a $100,000 grant to support its Children's Nutrition Initiative.

·         The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio received $75,000 to increase its capacity and identify ways to maximize protein options to its partner charities.

·         The Lorain County Boys and Girls Club received $50,000 to purchase a dedicated food truck to deliver hot meals to low-income, food insecure children throughout Lorain County.

·         Mobile Meals of Toledo received a $50,000 grant to support its Weekender Program which provides a bag of food every Friday afternoon to 1,500 children at six Toledo area schools who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches.

·         Impact with Hope of Perrysburg received a $40,000 grant to coordinate five Kids Against Hunger community meal packing events.

·         The Ohio Association of Foodbanks received a $35,000 grant to support a number of summer meals programs for kids across the state.

·         Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio was awarded a $75,000 grant to provide healthy food to families in need across 14 Ohio counties.

·         The Ohio State University Extension SNAP-ED program received $55,000 to provide groceries for its healthful cooking and nutrition education program in 20 Ohio counties.

·         Licking County Family YMCA received $35,000 expand its backpack program which provides weekend meals to at-risk children.

·         Blessings in a Backpack received $40,000 to provide weekend meals to more than 400 at-risk children in 25 schools across the state.

·         The Foodbank Inc. of Dayton was awarded a $45,000 grant to build a produce drive-thru and walk-up market in a food desert within West Dayton.

·         Daybreak Inc. of Dayton received a $35,000 grant to help homeless youth in the area to learn job skills in order to become self-sufficient citizens. 

·         Veterans Outreach in Youngstown was awarded a grant for $35,000 to support its “Serve Veterans NOW” initiative that provides meals to veterans in the area who are dealing with food insecurity.

The contributions were made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Ohio State Giving Program which awards grants to organizations that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

In 2015, in Ohio, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $49 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of communities throughout the state.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,462 stores under 72 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Media Contact
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614-232-8309
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Walmart Media Relations, 800-331-0085

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July 29, 2016

 

Macy’s annual 2016 Shop for A Cause event will take place Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th – a weekend long nationwide shopping event to benefit local and national organization. For the second year in a row Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties has been selected as one of the local organizations participating in this event.

“At Macy’s, we believe in supporting the communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “That is why we are so proud of Shop For A Cause, which has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charitable organizations since 2006. With this year’s extension to a weekend-long event, we’re offering even more opportunity to support local and national causes, and thanking our customers with special savings at Macy’s.”

Purchase a $5 Shop For A Cause savings pass and receive 25% off* at our local Macy’s store. Every $5 purchase of the savings passes will go directly to Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties.

Save 25%* on regular, sale and clearance items, including home and brands usually excluded from sales. Receive 10% on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses and rug/floor coverings. At each Macy’s stores, savings pass holders are also eligible to win a $500 gift card, no merchandise purchase necessary.

To purchase your savings pass, please contact Suzanne Whisler, development specialist, at whisler@mow-starkwayne.org or 330-832-7220. For additional details, please visit http://shopforacause.macysinc.com. This offer is available to all staff, friends, family and volunteers. Please feel free to share this offer with anyone interested in supporting Meals on Wheels.

SHOPPING NEVER FELT SO GOOD!

 
   

*Exclusions and restrictions apply. See Savings Pass for details. Savings Pass not valid online.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Coultas
Marketing Manager
coultas@mow-starkwayne.org

330-832-7220 

 

 

NEW BRAND – SAME MEALS ON WHEELS

MASSILLON, OH – June 23, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is excited to officially announce that it is rebranding! The agency may look brand new, but its mission of serving the at-risk members of its community will never change.

Beginning June 23rd, MOW will no longer be represented by its iconic deliveryman on roller skates. Instead, it will be represented by a dark blue “MW” with two bright blue circles that depict volunteer drivers, and two green circles that represent the volunteer vehicles and the forward motion of MOW. The logo incorporates the new tagline “TOGETHER, WE CAN DELIVER.”

Meals on Wheels America, the national association, began a rebrand movement last year after a research study discovered that Meals on Wheels represents much more than just a meal. MOW also provides a safety check, friendly visit, and peace of mind; however, the public is not always aware of the care provided to the overall well-being of the clients. Rebranding is the perfect way to reintroduce MOW as the holistic care-provider that it is.

This is also important to help MOW prepare for the influx of clients expected in the coming years. According to information from the U.S. Census, there are more than 65 million Americans over age 60. By 2030 this number will have increased to 92 million, and by 2050, MOW expects today’s number to double. The rebrand will engage the public now and hopefully attract more volunteers and community support allowing MOW to expand and meet the needs of the growing population. 

“We want to unify and amplify our voice with a brand that’s bold and strong enough to live up to the respect the Meals on Wheels name has earned,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We want to be a part of the national rallying cry that engages the public, encourages volunteerism, and provides inspiration to the nutritionally at-risk community.”

MOW currently serves more than 1,400 meals a day. Nutritional meals, safety checks, and friendly volunteers are the staples of MOW, and these will continue to be the foundation of the agency. MOW is confident that this new brand will not only reflect the agency’s commitment to its cause, but allow it to gain positive visibility and recognition from the community.

For more information, please visit MOW’s newly designed website at www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties
Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

 

TOGETHER, WE WILL KEEP MEALS ON WHEELS MOVING

At this point in time, it is uncertain how budget cuts will impact our agency. We are very proud to offer a vital community service to nutritionally at-risk individuals in Stark & Wayne Counties, and we  are beyond thankful for your outcry of support. We will do everything we can to keep our community informed as the proposed federal budget progresses. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to demonstrate your support, you can do any or all of the following:

-         DONATE and your dollars will be used to provide meals for individuals in need:
          https://www.mow-starkwayne.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

-         VOLUNTEER and learn firsthand how valuable our services are:
          http://www.mow-starkwayne.org/volunteer-0

-         SHARE your own stories and stories that we post (on our website and social media pages) and help us raise awareness of all of the proven benefits of Meals on Wheels:                      
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-         SIGN this petition and let your President and Members of Congress know that you believe Meals on Wheels’ budget should not be cut:
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Meals on Wheels receives $25,000 grant towards new delivery trucks

MASSILLON, OH – April 10, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is excited to announce it was awarded $25,000 from the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation in support of its request for funding to support the purchase of two, new delivery trucks.
 
“Meals on Wheels is so grateful for the support of the foundation and the impact it will have on the agency,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We could not serve our mission without our delivery trucks, and we could not exist without the help of foundations like the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation.”
 
Funds from the Austin-Bailey Foundation were combined with designated dollars from MOW’s past two Main Event fundraisers to support this purchase. These trucks make it possible for the agency to deliver nearly 1,400 meals per day throughout Stark & Wayne Counties, and they play an essential role in fulfilling MOW’s mission to provide nutritionally at-risk individuals with nutritional support for better health, happiness, and independence.
 
 
MOW depends on its community to continue providing this vital service, and it is committed to finding meaningful ways to connect and collaborate. For more information on how you can work with Meals on Wheels – as a supporter, partner, or volunteer – please visit its website at www.mow-starkwayne.org, or call the office at 330-832-7220. 
 

(Left to right: MOW Marketing Manager, Melissa Coultas; Austin-Bailey Foundation Executive Director, Don A. Sultzbach; MOW CEO, Ted Watko)

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties: Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

About the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation: The Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Its focus is to support programs that promote the physical and mental well-being of the citizens of Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties in the state of Ohio. The Foundation emphasizes healthcare affordability concerns of the uninsured and underinsured, the poor, children, single parents, and the aging. It also advocates programs that speak to the mental health needs of individuals and families. The Foundation was established in 1996 with proceeds from the sale of Doctors Hospital, Inc. of Stark County, Ohio. 

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MEALS ON WHEELS OF STARK & WAYNE COUNTIES URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

MASSILLON, OH – January 30, 2017 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is in need of volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to neighbors in need this winter.

The agency depends on at least 60 volunteers each day to deliver nearly 1,400 meals; however, with many volunteers down South for the winter, the agency is facing an urgent need for drivers.

“We are always looking for more volunteers, but we are especially in need during the winter months,” said Anngi Klick, Volunteer Coordinator. “We are looking for compassionate individuals willing to keep us moving, so if you have the time – and don’t mind the snow – we would love to have your help.”

Volunteers must be licensed drivers and have auto insurance coverage. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday and take approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The agency provides volunteers with training and mileage reimbursement.

Meals on Wheels welcomes those who would like to become regular drivers, or occasional substitute drivers. There is also an Adopt-A-Route program which allows companies to deliver in the community through an employee-rotation schedule. 

For those individuals or businesses interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 or email: klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties
Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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EAT FOR CHANGE AT CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER

 

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MOWNOPOLY players raise money for Meals on Wheels  
*This story was published in the Suburbanite and written by Patricia Faulhaber 
 
CANTON Stark County residents spent last Friday night playing Monopoly while raising money for Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Stark and Wayne Counties. The annual fundraiser takes on a different theme each year and this year it was to have fun with the popular Monopoly game with the theme of "Make a Move to End Hunger."
 
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Local Meals on Wheels has served more than 12.5 million meals since 1974
*This story was published in the Massillon Independent and in the IndeOnline and written by Robert McCune 
MASSILLON Every Wednesday, rain or shine, Doris Rudy makes her deliveries.
As dependable as the postal service, the 84-year-old retired math teacher has been lucky so far that the weather, even during the winter months, hasn’t been too bad.
“There have been days when I’ve thought, ‘I’m glad I’m delivering today and not yesterday,’” she said. “Or there’ve been Thursdays when the weather has been pretty bad. I’m sure the tide could turn any time.”
 
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Meals on Wheels receives $100,000 for Canton Site

MASSILLON, OH – September 15, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is thrilled to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center.

This funding is designated for MOW’s Mayfield Manor Apartment site and its surrounding area.

“This is going to help our agency make a real impact in Canton,” said Ted Watko, CEO of MOW. “It’s really great to find and organization like this with a compatible mission, and we are glad we can use these funds to benefit our local community.”

The National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center was originally a senior center in Canton, OH, located in the same neighborhood as MOW’s site. After closing, the organization wanted to find ways to contribute its funds to local organizations, and MOW was a perfect fit.

MOW has been working harder than ever to engage the Canton community. Not only is there a high demand for its services, but MOW is also always searching for volunteers to deliver in this area.

For more information on client services or becoming volunteer driver for MOW, please visit the agency’s website at www.mow-starkwayne.org, or call the office at 330-832-7220.

(Members of the National Oldtimers Steelworkers Foundation / Mayfield Senior Center pictured with Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels.)

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties: Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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Walmart Foundation Awards $840,000 to Fight Hunger in Ohio: 18 non-profits across the state receive grants during Day of Giving

Massillon, OH – July 28, 2016 – Today, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation hosted seven check presentations across Ohio to celebrate a “Day of Giving to Fight Hunger” in which 18 nonprofit organizations received a total of $840,000 in grants from the Foundation’s State Giving Council. Walmart’s “Day of Giving” featured presentations in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Massillon, Perrysburg, Youngstown and West Chester.

In Massillon, local Walmart representatives recognized three organizations for their dedication to serving communities in Stark and Wayne Counties and presented grants to support their efforts to fight food insecurity in the region.

·         Holmes County Council on Aging received a $50,000 grant to purchase two new vehicles for Meals on Wheels deliveries and medical transportation and grocery shopping.

·         Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne Counties received $25,000 to supplement meal costs for clients who are unable to pay their suggested donations.

·         The Martin Center in Canton also received $25,000 to furnish a commercial-grade kitchen where the center will be able to prepare hot meals for 40-60 youth who take part in recreational programs.

“These funds will go a long way in helping our mission to provide nutritionally at-risk individuals with the proper nutrition for healthier, happier, and more independent lives,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education.

“Helping organizations in our communities that help others to live better is something that is very important to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said Fran Jackson, Manager of the Massillon Walmart Supercenter. “We are very pleased to be able to support those organizations that fight hunger in our communities, especially among our children and our senior population.”

Among the nonprofits organizations that were recognized at other local events across the state include:

·         City Gospel Mission of Cincinnati received a $40,000 grant to support its efforts to provide nutritious food and education about healthy cooking and eating to low income and homeless families in the area.

·         Hope House Rescue Mission of Middletown will receive $30,000 to offer additional nutritious meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables to help in the physical recovery of the homeless men, women and children in the community.

·         The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received a $100,000 grant to support its Children's Nutrition Initiative.

·         The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio received $75,000 to increase its capacity and identify ways to maximize protein options to its partner charities.

·         The Lorain County Boys and Girls Club received $50,000 to purchase a dedicated food truck to deliver hot meals to low-income, food insecure children throughout Lorain County.

·         Mobile Meals of Toledo received a $50,000 grant to support its Weekender Program which provides a bag of food every Friday afternoon to 1,500 children at six Toledo area schools who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches.

·         Impact with Hope of Perrysburg received a $40,000 grant to coordinate five Kids Against Hunger community meal packing events.

·         The Ohio Association of Foodbanks received a $35,000 grant to support a number of summer meals programs for kids across the state.

·         Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio was awarded a $75,000 grant to provide healthy food to families in need across 14 Ohio counties.

·         The Ohio State University Extension SNAP-ED program received $55,000 to provide groceries for its healthful cooking and nutrition education program in 20 Ohio counties.

·         Licking County Family YMCA received $35,000 expand its backpack program which provides weekend meals to at-risk children.

·         Blessings in a Backpack received $40,000 to provide weekend meals to more than 400 at-risk children in 25 schools across the state.

·         The Foodbank Inc. of Dayton was awarded a $45,000 grant to build a produce drive-thru and walk-up market in a food desert within West Dayton.

·         Daybreak Inc. of Dayton received a $35,000 grant to help homeless youth in the area to learn job skills in order to become self-sufficient citizens. 

·         Veterans Outreach in Youngstown was awarded a grant for $35,000 to support its “Serve Veterans NOW” initiative that provides meals to veterans in the area who are dealing with food insecurity.

The contributions were made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Ohio State Giving Program which awards grants to organizations that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

In 2015, in Ohio, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $49 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of communities throughout the state.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,462 stores under 72 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Media Contact
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614-232-8309
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Walmart Media Relations, 800-331-0085

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July 29, 2016

 

Macy’s annual 2016 Shop for A Cause event will take place Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th – a weekend long nationwide shopping event to benefit local and national organization. For the second year in a row Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties has been selected as one of the local organizations participating in this event.

“At Macy’s, we believe in supporting the communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “That is why we are so proud of Shop For A Cause, which has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charitable organizations since 2006. With this year’s extension to a weekend-long event, we’re offering even more opportunity to support local and national causes, and thanking our customers with special savings at Macy’s.”

Purchase a $5 Shop For A Cause savings pass and receive 25% off* at our local Macy’s store. Every $5 purchase of the savings passes will go directly to Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties.

Save 25%* on regular, sale and clearance items, including home and brands usually excluded from sales. Receive 10% on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses and rug/floor coverings. At each Macy’s stores, savings pass holders are also eligible to win a $500 gift card, no merchandise purchase necessary.

To purchase your savings pass, please contact Suzanne Whisler, development specialist, at whisler@mow-starkwayne.org or 330-832-7220. For additional details, please visit http://shopforacause.macysinc.com. This offer is available to all staff, friends, family and volunteers. Please feel free to share this offer with anyone interested in supporting Meals on Wheels.

SHOPPING NEVER FELT SO GOOD!

 
   

*Exclusions and restrictions apply. See Savings Pass for details. Savings Pass not valid online.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Coultas
Marketing Manager
coultas@mow-starkwayne.org

330-832-7220 

 

 

NEW BRAND – SAME MEALS ON WHEELS

MASSILLON, OH – June 23, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties (MOW) is excited to officially announce that it is rebranding! The agency may look brand new, but its mission of serving the at-risk members of its community will never change.

Beginning June 23rd, MOW will no longer be represented by its iconic deliveryman on roller skates. Instead, it will be represented by a dark blue “MW” with two bright blue circles that depict volunteer drivers, and two green circles that represent the volunteer vehicles and the forward motion of MOW. The logo incorporates the new tagline “TOGETHER, WE CAN DELIVER.”

Meals on Wheels America, the national association, began a rebrand movement last year after a research study discovered that Meals on Wheels represents much more than just a meal. MOW also provides a safety check, friendly visit, and peace of mind; however, the public is not always aware of the care provided to the overall well-being of the clients. Rebranding is the perfect way to reintroduce MOW as the holistic care-provider that it is.

This is also important to help MOW prepare for the influx of clients expected in the coming years. According to information from the U.S. Census, there are more than 65 million Americans over age 60. By 2030 this number will have increased to 92 million, and by 2050, MOW expects today’s number to double. The rebrand will engage the public now and hopefully attract more volunteers and community support allowing MOW to expand and meet the needs of the growing population. 

“We want to unify and amplify our voice with a brand that’s bold and strong enough to live up to the respect the Meals on Wheels name has earned,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We want to be a part of the national rallying cry that engages the public, encourages volunteerism, and provides inspiration to the nutritionally at-risk community.”

MOW currently serves more than 1,400 meals a day. Nutritional meals, safety checks, and friendly volunteers are the staples of MOW, and these will continue to be the foundation of the agency. MOW is confident that this new brand will not only reflect the agency’s commitment to its cause, but allow it to gain positive visibility and recognition from the community.

For more information, please visit MOW’s newly designed website at www.mow-starkwayne.org.

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About Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties
Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is a non-profit agency that provides nutritional support to homebound individuals of all ages. Services include delivery of hot meals, breakfast meals, sack suppers, frozen meals, chopped meals, pureed meals and liquid supplements (pending physician referral), Monday through Friday. The agency has 17 sites throughout Stark and Wayne Counties and depends on volunteers to fulfill its mission. To learn more about the agency’s services and programs, including how to become a volunteer, call 330-832-7220 or 1-800-466-8010, or visit www.mow-starkwayne.org.