Corning Meals on Wheels and the Meals on Wheels of Chemung County are participating in this year’s Subaru Share the Love event - an important element that supports Meals on Wheels operations throughout the area.
“This event has been a key factor in our ability to continue providing freshly prepared hot meals in the face of rising costs and increased need,” Corning Meals on Wheels director Dave Smith said.
The Subaru Share the Love event is an annual program where for every Subaru sold or leased, Subaru will donate to a customer’s choice of participating charities. Until Jan. 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every vehicle.
According to Smith, Corning Meals on Wheels has been awarded approximately $40,000 over the past four years from participating in Share the Love - enough to fund approximately 10,000 meals for Corning area seniors.
“This is our fifth year in the Subaru Share the Love Event,” Smith said. “It has been a godsend for our homebound seniors.”
In the past, Chemung County Meals on Wheels and Corning Meals on Wheels teamed-up with Simmons-Rockwell Subaru in Big Flats for the event, in order to raise awareness and garner support.
“Holidays can be a very lonely time for our seniors,” Chemung County Meals on Wheels Executive Director Darlene Ike said. “By participating in this event and delivering stocking and then being awarded a share of revenues raised we can make the seniors' holidays brighter and continue serving them the nutritious hot meals throughout the year. Working with community partners like Simmons Rockwell and Corning Meals on Wheels is special.”
The Corning and Chemung County chapters are currently seeking items for their stocking stuffer program to fill stockings for area seniors, as part of the Share the Love event. Items include but are not limited to travel-size shampoos, lotions, soaps, tissue packs, toothpaste, notepads, pens, pencils, sugar free candy, and other small things such as puzzle books and card games.
Items will be accepted through Dec. 16 and can be dropped off at the Elmira and Corning Meals on Wheels locations and other locations such as Market Street Apothecary and the Community Bank on Market Street.
For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.