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Posted Monday, August 4, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Council on Aging is pleased to announce that the Frozen Meals Program has been extended until June 30, 2015 thanks to $35,000 from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The program originally was restarted in 2013 with funds from the Carolina Meadows Retirement Community and the Chatham County Board of Commissioners after seeing the need.
The program provides frozen meals to eligible seniors who are generally low income and/or do not have the means or ability to prepare a meal for themselves. The qualifying age for the program is 55 years or older. Participants often are individuals eligible to receive daily home-delivered meals, but the huge rural expanse of the county means they can’t be reached via existing routes for Meals on Wheels.
“We are delighted that Walmart chose to support this important service,” says Council Executive Director Dennis Streets. “There are so many hungry seniors in Chatham County who are overlooked each day. This program helps us reach them no matter where they live.”
Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Brooke Mueller adds, “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to support the Frozen Meals Program. Through this grant, the Chatham County Council on Aging will be able to extend their program and provide much needed meals to local seniors who otherwise might not have the ability to prepare their own food.”
The program also works closely with Chatham County’s Department of Social Services. Ethel Farrell, adult services supervisor, explains, “This program has been a lifesaver for many of our participants and has given them an opportunity to have at least one hot meal a day. Some of our participants were hesitant in the beginning about receiving frozen meals, but now they don’t know what they would do without them. Thank you so much Walmart for the continued support.”
If residents know of someone who could benefit from the frozen meals program, please contact the Council on Aging at either 919-542-4512 or 919-742-3975. Financial support and volunteers for this program are also welcomed and appreciated.
About Philanthropy at Walmart: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. 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 & Healthy Eating, 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. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.
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