New Opportunities Awarded $1,000 “Share The Love” Most Meals Grant

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Waterbury, CT

Subaru’s “Share The Love” Event helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Greater Waterbury's elderly

New Opportunities, Inc is proud to announce it has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) in recognition of its participation in MOWAA’s “Share The Love” Most Meals Contest. As part of Subaru of America, Inc.’s “Share The Love” Event, New Opportunities, Inc worked with Chase Parkway Volvo Subaru during the holiday season to promote Meals on Wheels through the offering of paper wheels in their service department for $1, $5, $10 and $20 increments. In addition a banner was placed in their showroom and signs promoting the event were placed on the Meals on Wheels trucks.

"We are excited about our $1,000 award that will assist Meals on Wheels in providing meals during this difficult economic time" said Senior Nutrition Director, llabonte [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org (subject: Press%20Release%20-%20Subaru%20Share%20the%20Love%20Grant) (Lisa LaBonte). "Chase Parkway Volvo Subaru's support and enthusiasm for this event was greatly appreciated. We look forward to working with them again next year to make this an even bigger event."

As one of the five Subaru “Share The Love” Event charitable partners, MOWAA created the Most Meals Contest to foster partnerships between local Meals On Wheels programs and Subaru dealerships. MOWAA is awarding $150,000 in Most Meals grants to the 48 Meals On Wheels programs across the country that recruited dealership employees to volunteer, deliver meals in Subaru vehicles and engage community members in the fight to end senior hunger.

Most Meals grants awarded by MOWAA range from $250 to $35,000. The nation’s economic downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to provide meals to the community’s homebound seniors. New Opportunities, Inc will use the monies to provide meals to homebound seniors.

The Subaru “Share The Love” Event ran from November 19, 2011 to January 3, 2012. Subaru is donating $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during “Share The Love” to the customer's choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA. Over the past three years, proceeds from the Subaru “Share The Love” Event have provided funds to MOWAA to support its vision to end senior hunger by 2020.

"We are honored to be part of ‘Share The Love’ again this year," said MOWAA President and CEO, Enid Borden. "Subaru is a corporation with a conscience. They understand that providing nutritious meals to hungry and homebound seniors in need is a moral imperative."

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Media Contact

Lisa Labonte
Director of Senior Nutrition Services
T:  (203) 575-4208
E: llabonte [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org

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