Family Services’ Meals on Wheels Program Receives Grant from Darden Restaurants Community Grants Program
POTTSTOWN, PA, June 28, 2012 — Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grants Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. This grant will help Meals on Wheels purchase a new meal delivery vehicle.
Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program has a long history of ensuring the nutritional wellbeing of elderly individuals in the greater Pottstown area and has helped many seniors lead happy, healthy and independent lives. Each weekday Meals on Wheels provides two meals, a hot lunch and a cold supper to refrigerate, to an average of 175 homebound elderly and disabled individuals in Pottstown, Royersford and the Lower Perkiomen Valley. Community volunteers personally deliver over 81,000 meals a year, bringing nourishment, friendship and a kind word to those most in need.
“This grant will help us provide the next meal to many of our clients in need and will truly make a difference for the seniors living in Western Montgomery County,” said Ruth Hood, program director, Meals on Wheels.
The Restaurant Community Grants Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve. Restaurants within the Darden family—Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52—are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional nonprofit organizations nationwide. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.
“Each grant is not just a check, it is an opportunity to make an impact,” said Drew Madsen, president and chief operating officer, Darden Restaurants Inc. “Our service philosophy extends far beyond the walls of our restaurants. These grants bring that philosophy to life by helping to develop a better future for those we serve, one community at a time.”
For more information on Meals on Wheels, call 610-326-1610 or visit www.fsmontco.org. Additional Meals on Wheels volunteers are always needed.