OCO Nutrition Services Partners with Subaru to Benefit Meals on Wheels
OCO Nutrition Services has partnered with the National Meals on Wheels Association and Subaru for the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event ®.
Now in its 11th year, Share the Love is a partnership with Meals on Wheels America and local Meals on Wheels programs across the country. OCO’s Meals on Wheels program provides daily nutritious meals and critical safety checks on homebound seniors. Each donation helps enable seniors to age with independence and dignity in their own homes, where they want to be.
Over the last 10 years, through the Share the Love Event®, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $118 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national and over 1,170 hometown charities. Now in its 11th year, Subaru is on track to bring that total to over $140 million, proving there’s no limit to the amount of love we can all share.
“Participation in the 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event® is an excellent way for us to increase awareness of OCO Nutrition Services and raise additional funds to benefit our home delivered meal program,” said Program Services Manager Allison Griffin.
As part of this year’s Share the Love OCO Nutrition Services is offering special activities and events at its Dining and Activity Centers and is collecting non-perishable food items in the lobby of OCO’s main office, 239 Oneida St. in Fulton; its kitchen site at 5871 Scenic Ave, in Mexico; and each of its six Dining and Activity Centers. All food donations will be used to fill the shelves of its food pantry and the Blizzard Bags that provide emergency food supplies for snow-bound seniors.
OCO kicked off its participation in the 2018 Subaru Share The Love Event® with an open house at its Nutrition Services kitchen during the Christmas in Mexico celebration. OCO has also partnered with Kinney Drugs in Mexico where they have a senior giving tree decorated with gift tags that indicate items that seniors in the greater Mexico area are in need of. Pictured here, at the event, are Subaru Ambassadors, from left, Meg Rheume, Todd Rheume, and Candra McFarland-Gawarecki.
“We are also sharing the love on our Facebook page ‘OCO Nutrition Services’. I encourage community members to ‘like’ and follow our Facebook page to keep updated on what’s happening at our Dining and Activity Centers,” said Griffin.
As part of its participation in the Subaru 2018 Share the Love Event® OCO staff and community partners will be checking in on those that receive home delivered meals through its Holiday Calling initiative. “For some of our seniors the only person they have contact with at their home is the person delivering their meal. Our staff and volunteers will be calling our seniors to see how they are doing. It’s nice to hear a friendly voice over the holidays and our seniors truly appreciate it,” said Griffin.
OCO’s Home Delivered Meal service is funded in part through Oswego County Office for the Aging and United Way of Greater Oswego County. Additionally OCO’s Nutrition Services administers six Dining and Activity Centers where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious noontime meal and visit with friends. These centers are located in Fulton, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish, Phoenix and Central Square. For more information on OCO Nutrition Services call 315-598-4712. To learn more about the Subaru Share the Love event visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica/sharethelove