In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide, Subaru of America, Inc. has donated a Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to Pendleton Senior & Family Services, Inc., in partnership with Meals on Wheels America.
“The impact this donation will have on our county will be very meaningful,” said LeeAnn Shreve, Executive Director of Pendleton Senior and Family Services.
“Pendleton is the third largest county in WV with the third lowest population due to our rural structure. WV ranks second highest in the nation in total number of citizens that are 65 or older, and in WV, Pendleton is the third highest county in number of residents that are seniors. This causes unique struggles – a high population of seniors that need meals over a large service area. Many of the roads the seniors live on require AWD, and this makes it very difficult to deliver meals – especially in the winter. Our seniors deserve to be happy and get the necessities of life even though they are living in a rural area. This way of life shouldn’t be a deterrent for them. Subaru has the distinct reputation of getting where other vehicles can’t – along with being dependable. This is just what we need to serve our clients and we are very grateful for this generous donation.”
On Friday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at the North Fork Center, There will be a recognition event and celebration. Special guests will be on hand to take part in the unveiling of the new Subaru, including Commissioner Robert Roswall of the WV Bureau of Senior Services.
This fall, Subaru donated 50 new 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles to select Meals on Wheels programs throughout the country to be used in the delivery of an estimated 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 seniors across 39 states. Subaru has supported the national Meals on Wheels network for the last nine years through its annual philanthropic event, Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to seniors.
“Subaru’s ‘50 Cars for 50 Years’ vehicle donation will enable Meals on Wheels programs, like Pendleton Senior & Family Services, Inc., to expand its reach to many Pendleton County seniors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “This latest act of care and kindness further underscores Subaru of America’s longstanding commitment to giving back to communities large and small.”
The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, a pillar of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and ‘Subaru Loves to Help’ co-branding.
“We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in America in a way that is appropriate for our brand and are delighted to donate vehicles that will support local communities by combating threats of isolation and hunger affecting seniors across the country,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “At Subaru, we believe in providing safe and reliable vehicles for all of life’s journeys and are honored to partner with Meals on Wheels to help people live more nourished lives.”
Pendleton Senior & Family Services, Inc. strives to provide assistance to encourage better health, support independence to enhance quality of life, and to provide linkages between community resources. They provide assistance with public benefit programs, banking, insurance claims, Medicare benefit forms, living wills, and medical powers of attorney. Our staff assist with paying bills, checkbook balancing, and finding housing.
Pendleton Senior and Family Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 and is governed by a fifteen member volunteer board of directors. Funding is provided by the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources, the Upper Potomac Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton Counties, and local contributions.
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation.
This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million 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 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
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States.
All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours.
As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do. For additional information visit media.subaru.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.