Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has granted $23,724 to the Local Office on Aging (LOA) to support the organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The grant comes from the Foundation’s Marion S. and Willie Z. Camp Fund for Eldercare, which addresses the needs of the elderly in the Roanoke Valley.
The Meals on Wheels program enables seniors to stay in their home by providing a daily meal during the weekdays, and it also serves as a safety check provided by the volunteers. One of the primary goals of this program is to increase the nutritional intake of each recipient by providing a healthy meal. However, budgets cuts through federal sequestration forced LOA to decrease the number of clients it could serve and to eliminate its emergency meal bag program for snow days and other closings.
“Thanks to this generous grant from the Foundation of Roanoke Valley, we are able to alleviate our waiting list so we no longer have anyone waiting to receive a meal. This is the first time in a year that we can say that we do not have any clients on a waiting list and that everyone who needs a hot meal is getting one. Additionally, we will have the resources to accept a number of new clients into the program instead of placing them on a waiting list as the need arises” said Michele Daley, LOA’s Director of Nutritional Programs.
“The Meals on Wheels program plays such an important role in our community, and we are thrilled to be in a position to support it in this way through the generosity of Mrs. Camp ” added Alan Ronk, Foundation Executive Director.
For more information about LOA contact Aimee Lawson at 540-345-0451, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.loaa.org.
Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region. The Foundation has worked for 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community. For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.