NEWS & EVENTS

FeedMore Receives $2,500 Grant from Meals on Wheels America for Pet Program

June 24, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – Knowing that seniors with pets are 36 percent less likely to report loneliness and have 21 percent fewer doctor visits*, FeedMore is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its Meals for Pets program. Funding will be used to help FeedMore provide food, supplies and care for the homebound seniors and disabled neighbors with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

 

“For many of our Meals on Wheels recipeints, their pets are a member of their family and provide them with companionship, while helping reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness,” said Katie Jantzi, Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs at FeedMore. “This grant will help provide more than 4,700 pounds of dog and cat food to around 305 pets this year, allowing us to us to continue to deliver more than a meal to our recipients and their four-legged companions.”

 

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 162 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), who in October of 2015, handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their popular Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.1 million in funding and pet food donations to over 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation.

 

“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs, we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.” 

FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program Helps Fight Summer Hunger

June 16, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. – FeedMore’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will once again be providing free breakfast and lunch meals to thousands of children this summer across greater Richmond. Created to ensure that children of low-income households continue to receive meals during the summer when school is not in session, FeedMore’s SFSP provides well-balanced meals during the week to children 18 and under.


“Our continued participation in the Summer Food Service Program allows us to provide thousands of healthy meals to at-risk children,” said Margaret Woods, Senior Director of Programs at FeedMore. “This program helps ensure our region’s children grow and develop with the nutrition they need to be successful when the next school year begins in the fall.”

 

The SFSP meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children. Last summer, FeedMore provided over 135,864 breakfast and lunch meals to more than 3,000 children.

 

For more information on FeedMore’s SFSP and to see the complete list of FeedMore’s open and closed/enrolled Summer Food Service Program sites, please visit FeedMore.org/childrens-programs. Please note that this list is updated several times throughout the summer.



 

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