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    Richard Gere

    SENIORS NEED YOU

    We are a national organization – powered by people like you. We believe, with all our heart, that it will take all of us to help isolated, older adults. You can support vulnerable seniors across the country by empowering our local programs that deliver healthy meals and companionship that ease the hunger and loneliness so many face.

    Despite the name, Meals on Wheels is never just about a meal — real, human connections are what keep us whole. Take inspiration from Richard Gere and his father, Homer, who worked closely with Meals on Wheels for over 25 years. Your gift will provide vulnerable seniors with a vital lifeline, network and sense of belonging.

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    SENIOR LIVES ARE AT RISK

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    KEEPING SENIORS SAFE AMID COVID-19

    Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. The costs and efforts needed to protect seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, and that is why we are asking federal lawmakers, corporations, foundations and the general public to remember these vulnerable seniors in our national response. We’re monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and will continue to share updates as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we ask for your help.

    OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE

    The costs and efforts associated with protecting seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, which is why we are working with federal lawmakers to make sure vulnerable seniors are not forgotten in the national response.

    And that won't be enough. That's why we launched the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to support this effort. The Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund will help local communities across the country meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy.

    We have already sent nearly $30 million dollars directly to the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. To date, your donations have already helped more than 600 local Meals on Wheels programs continue to serve as a vital lifeline for at-risk seniors throughout this crisis. Ordinary people stood up, spoke up and gave generously so that Meals on Wheels could provide a lifeline for millions of isolated, frightened seniors whose futures still remain terribly uncertain. We need to keep the momentum of generosity going.

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    SENIORS FACE CHALLENGES EVERY DAY

    Today, the average life expectancy is at a record high of 79 years. As we get older, even the most independent among us may experience physical declines or financial hardship that strips away our independence. Add to that an increase in geographic mobility of our families, and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone. Your generosity can make a difference.

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    DELIVERING SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL

    Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country. Your donation will help keep this movement going strong.

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    HOW MEALS ON WHEELS IS FUNDED

    Funding sources for local Meals on Wheels programs vary based on the needs and resources of the community, are are made up of federal, state, local and private dollars. This hybrid funding model makes Meals on Wheels a successful public-private partnership that needs to be bolstered to keep up with the growing demand.

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    FACTS & RESEARCH

    At Meals on Wheels America, we engage in research to demonstrate the impact and value of Meals on Wheels programs that are addressing hunger and isolation among millions of seniors each year. This work supports our commitment to ensuring that local programs have the tools and resources they need to meet the growing demand for services in their communities.

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    ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA

    Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. 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.

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    YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH A GIFT TODAY

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     AMERICA'S SENIORS NEED YOU

    Your gift will help us support the local programs that keep seniors safe and living independently nationwide.

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