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Meals on Wheels Gets $16,000 United Water Grant

The funds will go towards subsidized meals for the Homebound Meal Delivery Program.

 

Editor's Note: The following is user-generated content. This has been updated from an earlier version

On Tuesday,  announced that the agency has been awarded a $16,900 grant from United Water. The funds will go towards subsidized meals for the Homebound Meal Delivery Service.

This financial support is desperately needed as many seniors face the difficult decision of either purchasing prescriptions or meals, and thus depriving them of adequate nutrition and increasing their risk of related poor health outcomes.

“This grant will help us provide meals for those in need and will truly make a difference for Rockland seniors,” said Barbara Kohlhausen, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland.

In 2010 the Meals on Wheels Association of America released a groundbreaking study revealing six million seniors in America face the risk of hunger.  The report, entitled, “Senior Hunger in the United States: Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas” showed that the number of seniors facing the hunger risk jumped an astonishing 20 percent in just one year. Community support such as that from United Water Foundation is integral to combating hunger among seniors.

About Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland

In 2009, after 35 years of delivering meals to the community’s homebound population Meals on Wheels proudly served its 8 millionth meal.  Meals on Wheels continues to advance its mission by providing for the nutritional needs of the elderly, reaching out to frail, isolated, and disadvantaged individuals and by providing a myriad of support services to those served. Through the Homebound Meal Delivery Program, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Centers and other programs, the Agency has impacted the lives of thousands of Rockland residents and their families.

Meals on Wheels is a County Contract Agency operating with funding from the federal government Older Americans Act, New York State, the Office for Aging, the County of Rockland, towns and villages, fees for services, grants and private contributions.  For further information call 845-624-6325.

Jimmy June 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
This goes beyond what the water company should provide. If we stick with what we are supposed to do people might not need the program. I'm not against the program, but how much more does everyone have to pay? A little here a little there.The county just raised taxes 4% on utility bills and this is a county contract agency. STOP SPENDING money we don't have. It's not rocket science, get the deficit rolling backwards not forward. I will vigorously oppose any rate hike United Water requests. If they can give money away they don't need a rate hike.
F*** June 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
As worthy as the cause may be, I don't think it should be up to Suez as to what charities the rate payers support. Also, I doubt Suez is all so altruistic; they are simply buying good PR to assist with their ongoing desalinization plant plans.
CR June 05, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Ratepayers do not fund the UW Foundation, nor does the NYS PSC allow charitable contributions to be recovered in utility rates.

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