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Johnson County Meals on Wheels awarded $1,000 grant

Johnson County Meals on Wheels has received a $1,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” event. The funds will go towards the purchase of computer software that will benefit Johnson County’s Area Agency on Aging nutrition program.

During the event this winter, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program is a member.

“We greatly appreciate Subaru’s ongoing commitment to Meals on Wheels through its annual ‘Share the Love’ event,” says Dan Goodman, Director of the Area Aging on Aging. “Subaru and its local retailers across the country have truly become an extension of the Meals on Wheels family.”

Several community partners participated in the “Share the Love” event:

  • Lee Jeans donated 185 holiday stockings filled with personal hygiene products that were delivered to the most vulnerable residents by community volunteers.
  • Volunteers from the Lenexa Fire Department, Olathe Fire Department, Olathe Police Department, and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office delivered stockings.
  • Students at Indian Trail Middle School, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Blue Valley Southwest High School collected food and assembled “Blizzard Boxes” containing two shelf stable meals.
  • The Johnson County Christmas Bureau provided 400 lap blankets, 200 walker caddies, and 750 artificial blooming flowers to spread holiday cheer.

"Subaru, our retailers, and our owners feel good about giving to organizations like Meals on Wheels, and that’s why we do the Subaru “Share the Love” event,” said Brian Cavallucci, Subaru of America’s National Advertising Manager. “Subaru is honored to have donated more than $8.4 million to Meals on Wheels over the past seven years, making a positive impact in local communities and the lives of our elderly loved ones.”

The Meals On Wheels program through the Johnson County Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging annually provides more than 197,000 meals to eligible adults, age 60 and older and is funded through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday during the noon hour primarily by volunteers. For additional information about volunteering, you may call 913-715-8895 or email HSD-MOW-Volunteer@jocogov.org