March for Meals Grant 2015SAGE Eldercare is proud to announce that it has received a $2,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) for its participation in the 13th Annual “March for Meals” campaign. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the holiday season at the end of last year, Subaru donated $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities for every new vehicle purchased or leased.

“It is important for local elected officials, police and fire chiefs, town administrators, and county and regional representatives to fully understand this vital service for the aging members of our community. The Meals on Wheels program is more than just a hot meal – it’s a daily safety check and friendly visit for many members of our community who would otherwise not be seen,” noted Marianne Kranz, Director of Meals on Wheels and Volunteers for SAGE Eldercare. “We are thankful to Subaru and MOWA for the grant and especially to the twenty-four officials – our largest representation to date – who helped make the 2015 campaign successful. We hope more representatives will join us next year when SAGE’s Meals on Wheels program celebrates our 50th anniversary.”

Throughout the month of March 2015, SAGE had twenty-four dignitaries, representing local municipalities, county, and state government, deliver meals to older adults in the various communities that the organization serves. Annually, SAGE’s 600 volunteers deliver more than 43,000 meals to 250 people in parts of Union County (Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence, Springfield and Summit), Essex County (Millburn and Short Hills), and Morris County (Chatham and Madison).

“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing local programs for bolstering the dynamic and effective partnership between Meals on Wheels and the businesses, organizations, governments, and volunteers who provide critical support within their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “In addition to mobilizing nearly 400 local Meals on Wheels celebrations across the country, we commemorated the month by releasing the findings of a groundbreaking research study proving that Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than just a meal.”

The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, business, and governments to support older adults in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer, and healthier. For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

To learn more about SAGE’s Meals on Wheels program, call 908.273.5554.

Since 1954, SAGE Eldercare has been helping make the communities it serves an amazing place to age. The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible. From helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care, SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes. SAGE is committed to being the leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties. For more information on SAGE, please call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

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March for Meals Photo Caption: Pictured left to right, Mountainside Councilman Glenn Mortimer and Meals on Wheels volunteer Rachel Pater of Mountainside delivered meals to older adults in Mountainside on Wednesday, March 18 during SAGE Eldercare’s “March for Meals” campaign this year. SAGE was recently awarded a $2,000 grant for its participation in the 13th annual national program to raise visibility for this much-needed service for older adults who are aging-in-place. The nonprofit organization serves parts of three counties in the Summit, NJ area. For more information on SAGE’s Meals on Wheels service or the organization, please call 908.273.5554 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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