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NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT MEALS ON WHEELS WHEN YOU PUT HUNGER IN PARK AS A SPONSOR

MASSILLON, OH – July 17, 2018 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties cordially invites you to Put Hunger in Park on Thursday, September 13, 2018!

The fundraiser will be held at Hoover Park in North Canton from 5PM-9PM. Put Hunger in Park will include live entertainment, activities for all ages, beer and food trucks and, most importantly, plenty of Meals on Wheels.

This year’s fundraiser also has plenty of opportunities for individuals and businesses interested in supporting the agency. Sponsorship and partnership opportunities are still available, with benefits that include: recognition on advertising materials, social media promotion, direct marketing access, and on-site presence at the fundraiser. There are also exclusive event benefits for those who volunteer as an Adopt-a Route partner.

“If an organization or individual is looking for a way to reach out to the community and support a good cause, then Put Hunger in Park is perfect,” said Nancy Bundy, Event Chair. “Your support – through a financial sponsorship, Adopt-a-Route partnership or both – is not only rewarded with very public recognition, but it also allows you to make a positive impact on the people in our neighborhoods who are in need of this invaluable community service.” 

The agency is looking to build even more momentum in 2018 with diverse ways for individuals and businesses to get involved. To learn more, please visit https://www.mow-starkwayne.org/put-hunger-in-park, or contact Melissa Coultas, marketing director, at 330-832-7220 ext. 111 or coultas@mow-starkwayne.org.

The 2017 food fest was an overwhelming success, and Meals on Wheels is hoping to outdo itself in 2018. With nearly 2,000 in attendance last year, the agency shared its mission, recognized supporters, and created many new advocates in the community – while raising more than $86,000 to support nutritionally at-risk clients.

Meals on Wheels’ mission is to provide nutrition for better health, happiness, and independence by serving 1,500 meals a day to individuals in need in Stark and Wayne Counties. To accomplish this, it depends on the help of a passionate staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous supporters like yourself. Put Hunger in Park is a perfect fit with the agency’s mission as it focuses on the positive impact good food and great people can make on the community.

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Meals on Wheels introduces ConnectingYou! New technology makes delivering meals easier than ever

MASSILLON, OH – June 11, 2018 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is connecting volunteers, clients, and the community through its new program, ConnectingYou!

ConnectingYou is designed to bring everyone within the agency – from volunteers and clients to the staff members – closer together by providing a user-friendly and efficient platform for its services. Meals on Wheels can now ensure that volunteer drivers have an easy and fun experience delivering, while also enhancing its own ability to communicate in real time with drivers on important issues, such as meal cancellations, directional notes, and client no-answers. Through a custom Meals on Wheels delivery app and the use of tablets, ConnectingYou has simplified the entire volunteer experience.

For new volunteers, this creates a seamless introduction to delivering through familiar and easy to use technology. For current Meals on Wheels volunteers, who originally learned their routes through handwritten instructions, ConnectingYou has been a revolutionary and positive transition.

“I’m a big fan of the tablets! They are a real help to anyone delivering Meals on Wheels.” – Stark County Commission, Richard Regula, Meals on Wheels Volunteer

“If I can do it, anybody can do it!” – Margaret Fowler, Meals on Wheels Volunteer

“Tablets work great! Very convenient and helpful. Congratulations, Meals on Wheels! Thanks for the technology!” – Mike Busch, Meals on Wheels Volunteer

To learn more about ConnectingYou, watch this video overviewing the program and technology: https://youtu.be/3BSGlbCIq6s

ConnectingYou would not have been possible without the generosity of Verizon Wireless, who donated 80 tablets to Meals on Wheels. In addition to Verizon’s donation, its team played an invaluable role in educating Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers. Also crucial to the success of ConnectingYou have been the program’s ambassadors. Ambassadors are regular volunteers who chose to dedicate extra time testing the tablets, teaching information to fellow volunteers, and assisting with implementation at each of their delivery sites. Meals on Wheels is also thankful to Crossroads Hospice and Danbury Senior Living for sponsoring special t-shirts for ConnectingYou ambassadors.

“ConnectingYou is the result of so many people coming together and working to improve our agency. From the generosity of Verizon, Crossroads, and Danbury, to the adaptability and enthusiasm of our volunteers, everyone played a role in transforming the delivery process.” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We are in urgent need of volunteer support, and thanks to everyone’s hard work and positivity, we have positioned ourselves so that new and current volunteers have the best volunteer experience possible.”

The agency depends on at least 65 volunteers each day to deliver more than 1,600 meals to nutritionally at-risk individuals throughout Stark and Wayne Counties. Volunteers can choose the location and days that are most convenient with their schedules. Drivers must be licensed and have auto insurance coverage. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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.  

It is especially important that Meals on Wheels finds volunteers now, as the need for its services increases. The agency is serving 200 more meals per day than it was at this time last year and expects to continue growing. In order to keep up with the need, Meals on Wheels must find more volunteers.

 

For those individuals or businesses interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels, please contact Volunteer Specialist, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 ext. 113 or email: klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

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LET’S DO LUNCH THIS SUMMER: 
Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

MASSILLON, OH – May 18, 2018 – Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties is asking individuals to make the most of this summer by volunteering as delivery drivers.

The agency depends on at least 65 volunteers each day to deliver more than 1,600 meals to nutritionally at-risk individuals throughout Stark and Wayne Counties. The agency is always in need of more volunteer drivers, and the summer season is the perfect time for new or returning volunteers to pick up a route.

“This is a great opportunity for people who want to volunteer, but do not typically have the time. Delivering meals is a simple and fulfilling way to go the extra mile this summer,” said Anngi Klick, Volunteer Coordinator. “The best part is deliveries only take about 60-90 minutes, so volunteers still have plenty of time to kick-back, relax, and enjoy their summer vacations while still giving back to their communities.”

The agency asks school faculty and staff members to consider volunteering during this time. It also encourages students to ride along with parents or grandparents who volunteer and experience firsthand the value of service before self.

It is especially important that Meals on Wheels finds volunteers now, as the need for its services increases. The agency is serving 200 more meals per day than it was at this time last year and expects to continue growing. In order to keep up with the need, Meals on Wheels must find more volunteers.

Volunteers can choose the location and days that are most convenient with their schedules. Drivers must be licensed and have auto insurance coverage. Deliveries are made between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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 Volunteer Specialist, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 ext. 113 or email: klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

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HEY, CANTON! MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS YOUR HELP!

MASSILLON, OH – April 16, 2018 – April is volunteer Appreciation Month and Meals of Stark & Wayne Counties is launching a new “Hey, Canton!” campaign to recruit and recognize volunteers in Canton to draw attention to its need for volunteers.

“Hey, Canton!” is a video series featuring current Canton volunteers and highlighting delivery opportunities in the area. These videos will run on Meals on Wheels’ social media channels and website throughout the next month as a way to encourage involvement in Canton.

The agency currently serves more than 1,600 meals a day, up 200 since last year. Many of these meals are for clients in Canton, making the agency’s need for volunteer support in this area urgent. Volunteers may volunteer as individuals or as an Adopt-A-Route where a business covers one route a week on a rotating basis with a group of employees.

“We need help now from individuals and businesses in Canton in order to continue providing our services there,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “’Hey, Canton!’ is designed to give you a glimpse into what our volunteers are doing, so you can imagine the volunteer experience for yourself and see the impact our services have on this area and the lives of our volunteers.”

“Hey, Canton!” takes you down the roads and to the doors of those Meals on Wheels serves. Individuals and businesses can recognize the routes, and even spot themselves among the videos. This campaign is a call to action for the city and those who live and work within it to become involved.

Meals on Wheels works hard to provide at-risk individuals with nutrition for better health, happiness, and independence; however, with the number of individuals in need continuing to grow and the struggle to find volunteers is escalating, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain its level of service in Canton.

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.  

To follow the “Hey, Canton!” campaign, visit Meals on Wheels’ online at www.mow-starkwayne.org, or check-out its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Anngi Klick, at 330-832-7220 ext. 113 or klick@mow-starkwayne.org.

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COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS HELP RAISE AWARENESS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS OF STARK & WAYNE COUNTIES

Massillon, OH (March 15, 2018) – In honor of the 2018 March for Meals Community Champions Week, Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties announces this year’s participating Community Champions.

Throughout the week of March 19th-23rd, the following elected officials and prominent figures will be volunteering to deliver meals: Law Director Jennifer Arnold, Alliance; Mayor Tom Bernabei, Canton; Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton, Massillon Treasurer Jan Ferrero, Massillon; Representative Christina Hagan, Louisville; Mayor Dave Handwerk, Dalton; Sheriff Travis Hutchinson, Wooster; Chief Deputy Doug Johnson, Wooster; Chief Mike Lorentz, Uniontown; Sheriff George Maier, Louisville; Senator Scott Oelslager, Massillon; County Commissioner Richard Regula, Massillon; Treasurer Maude Slagle, Massillon; Christina Trompower, Representative of Congressman Renacci’s office, Massillon; and Victoria VanBuskirk, Representative of Congressman Gibbs’ office, Massillon;

Community Champions week is designed part of the annual, national Meals on Wheels America March for Meals campaign. March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.

“Our agency has seen an increase in more than 100 meals per day from this time last year, and we are working hard to find volunteer drivers to support the growing need for our services,” said Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “Community Champions’ participation this week helps Meals on Wheels promote community volunteerism and gain much-needed visibility for our cause.”

The agency is very excited to receive this rally of support in March, but it is also in urgent need of more permanent volunteers to keep up with the increasing demand for its services. 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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MEALS ON WHEELS IS CLOSED FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018

Clients received ‘blizzard boxes’ in preparation for severe weather

(Massillon, OH): Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties will be closed Friday, January 5, 2018, due to the expected sub-zero temperatures. Meals will not be delivered this day.

“The well-being and health of our clients is very important to us, but with the extreme weather, the safety of our volunteers must be a top priority as well,” states Ted Watko, CEO for Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. “We took pro-active measures last fall to prepare for winter weather, and all clients received emergency ‘blizzard boxes’ to use in the event of an unexpected closure.”

Blizzard boxes are packs filled with enough non-perishable food to provide two meals. Meals on Wheels provided these to clients to use as back-up meals in the event of extreme weather conditions. Clients were instructed to save blizzard boxes for emergencies such as this closure.

Clients should utilize their ‘blizzard boxes’ for a meal on Friday, January 5th. Regular meal delivery is expected to resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.

In addition to overcoming the weather, Meals on Wheels also hopes to overcome its urgent volunteer need. With more than 1,500 meals being delivered each day, the agency must find volunteers to keep up with the growing number of clients in need. This is especially critical now, as many regular volunteers are South for the winter.

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. 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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THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MARATHON PARTNERSWITH MEALS ON WHEELS OF STARK & WAYNE COUNTIES

Canton, OH – December 19, 2017 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon is excited to announce its partnership with Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties for two 2018 events!

Meals on Wheels will be the main beneficiary of the Super Sunday 5 Miler race on February 4th, as well as one of three beneficiaries from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon event on April 27-29th. This partnership allows Meals on Wheels the opportunity to recruit volunteers, raise public awareness, and fundraise in a welcoming community setting.

Meals on Wheels’ CEO Ted Watko is looking forward to working with the Hall of Fame Marathon Team and finding ways to help both organizations benefit the community.

“This partnership is not just collaborative in nature, but collaborative in mission. The Hall of Fame Marathon is striving to unite the community and rally around sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Meals on Wheels shares a similar goal,” said Watko. “Our mission is to keep people happy, healthy, and independent. Our partnership with the Marathon is an ideal way to promote our shared desire for a healthy community, and we are proud to be a part of something that highlights Canton and encourages local individuals to get involved.”

“We are thrilled to work with Meals on Wheels as we enter our 5th year,” stated Jim Chaney, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame Marathon. “The marathon is truly a community event and we look forward to engaging our volunteers and participants in this worthy activity.”

In addition to being a great opportunity for the HOF Marathon and Meals on Wheels, this partnership is a perfect chance for the community to take action. Individuals interested in getting involved can do so in a variety of ways. They can register to run in either or both races; this allows them to serve as examples of healthy lifestyles, and also brings awareness to the partnership. If running a race is not an option, then individuals can help by “running” a route for Meals on Wheels; the agency is always looking for volunteers to deliver meals. Furthermore, individuals are encouraged to spread the word about the Hall of Fame Marathon races, make donations to Meals on Wheels, and even combine the two by creating their own online fundraisers.

More information about the Hall of Fame Marathon, the Super Sunday 5-miler, and other individual races can be found at http://www.hofmarathon.com/. Anyone interested in supporting Meals on Wheels by volunteering or donating can learn more at https://www.mow-starkwayne.org/

(Left to right: David Beck, President of Hall of Fame Marathon; Ted Watko, CEO of Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties; Jim Chaney, Executive Director of Hall of Fame Marathon.)

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Meals on Wheels is hiring! We are looking for a site coordinator for our Wooster site. This is a part-time position with approximately 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Our Wooster site is located at the Wooster Community Center (241 S Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691). Interested applicants should email resumes to info@mow-starkwayne.org

To view the full job description, please click here.  

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Help Meals on Wheels & Subaru of America SHARE THE LOVE this Holiday Season

MASSILLON, OH – November 20, 2017 – For the 10th year in a row, Subaru of America has invited Meals on Wheels to participate in its annual Share the Love Event!

From November 16, 2017, through January 2, 2018, Subaru will donate $250 to a host of charities – including Meals on Wheels – for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased, based on customer choice. The more the agency does to raise community awareness of this event, the more funding it will receive from Subaru of America – and that is why Meals on Wheels is asking for the community’s help!

If you drive a Subaru vehicle, Meals on Wheels would absolutely LOVE for you to take “Meals on Wheels” pictures while you are out and about! Pictures of you with your vehicle holding Meals on Wheels signs and pictures of your Subaru at local landmarks – or any combination of the two – are all encouraged. The agency wants to show Subaru of America the generosity and involvement of Stark and Wayne Counties, and the more people who come together to support Meals on Wheels and Subaru, the more funds can be earned for nutritionally at-risk neighbors.

Meals on Wheels greatly appreciates your help. For picture ideas, please see Meals on Wheels’ example below. If you would like a Meals on Wheels sticker for you to hold or place on your car, please contact us. You can also print Meals on Wheels’ logo from its website and use that for display as well.

For more information on the Subaru Share the Love Event, or to learn other ways to get involved with Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties, please visit www.mow-starkwayne.org

 

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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
Mark Rickel
Lesic & Camper Communications
614-232-8309
mrickel@lesiccamper.com
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:                      
          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.

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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.