Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels helps local adults in need

Clarence Rucker receives his holiday meals from Jesse Coreas-Gillman Subaru and John Bijarro-Gillman Subaru.

Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels recently joined forces with the local Subaru dealership this holiday season to help deliver holiday meals to homebound older adults in their service area. The meals were essential in assuring that homebound older adults on the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program had a meal to eat while the agency offices were closed for the holidays. This local effort is part of the Meals On Wheels Association of America’s (MOWAA) participation in the national Subaru of America, Inc. “Share the Love” Event.

As part of the event, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels partnered with Gillman Subaru of Houston Southwest during the holiday season to help deliver to home-bound senior adults. The meals delivered covered the New Year’s holiday

“We are excited to partner with the Gillman Subaru group again for the Subaru “Share the Love” Program,” said Manuela Arroyos, Chief Executive Officer of Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. “Over the past three years, we have been awarded over $3,000 from this program through the Meals on Wheels Association of America and look forward to future partnerships with Gillman Subaru in an effort to raise much needed funds to help feed the many senior adults in our community who look to us for a daily meal.”

“The employees of Gillman Subaru of Southwest Houston are always happy to be a part of the “Share the Love” Program,” said Wally Elostaz, General Manager of Gillman Subaru of Southwest Houston. “This was the first year our staff members have been able to get out to deliver meals in our community and we really enjoyed being a part of the process of feeding the homebound older adults. Working alongside the agency’s volunteers and staff gives us an opportunity to give back to the community while also promoting Subaru and the “Share the Love” Program.”

As one of the five Subaru “Share the Love” event charitable partners, the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is awarding $200,000 in “Share the Love” grants to local Meals On Wheels programs that partner with Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels is eligible to win a MOWAA-Subaru “Share the Love” grant of up to $35,000 to help provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Fort Bend and Waller Counties.

“We are honored to be part of ‘Share the Love’ for a fifth straight year,” said MOWAA Interim CEO, Larry J. Tomayko.  “Subaru recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities it serves. Working together, MOWAA and Subaru are helping to provide more than just a meal; we’re bringing warmth and compassion to so many hungry and homebound seniors who would otherwise go without.”

The Subaru “Share the Love” Event runs from November 21, 2012 to January 2, 2013.   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 four years, proceeds from the Subaru “Share the Love” Event have provided funds to MOWAA to support its vision to end senior hunger by 2020.

To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org.

For more information on or to donate to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, please contact Kristin Weiss, Director of Development at FBS, at 281-633-7057 or kweiss@fortbendseniors.org. To volunteer, please contact Susan Whitacre, Director of Volunteers at 281-633-7063 or susan@fortbendseniors.org.

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