Monday, March 16, 2015

Mayor Jones to Deliver Meals on Wheels on Monday, March 16


WHAT:          Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones will take time out of his busy schedule on
                    Monday, March 16, to deliver Meals on Wheels in celebration of
                    March for Meals Champions Week.

VISUALS:    Mayor Jones rolling up his sleeves as a volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels.

WHO:           Mayor Jones, who is committed to fighting hunger in the Richmond Metro area and beyond.

WHEN:         10:30 a.m., Monday, March 16. Media set up is 15 minutes earlier.

WHERE:      FeedMore’s distribution center at 1415 Rhoadmiller St., Richmond VA for dispatch.

                   Since the mayor will go to private homes, the media may not accompany him.

BACKGROUND:


“During the month of March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country are reaching out to their communities and building the support that will sustain them all year long,” said Tim McDermott, FeedMore’s chief development officer. “We’re celebrating at FeedMore by inviting several community leaders to join us in delivering meals with us during March on Meals Community Champions Week.”

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver to over 800 home-bound neighbors who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. Providing for 15 different diet combinations that are tailored to meet the needs of each client, FeedMore’s Community Kitchen prepares each meal specifically tailored to meet the needs of each recipient. Each day, volunteers deliver meals on 92 routes throughout 14 cities and counties and offer a safety check to ensure independent living.


FeedMore serves neighbors across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and 5 cities, spanning nearly one-third of the state. Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, non-profit, public, and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions target the region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in the region. Kids Café provides snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year. FeedMore’s Backpack program provides 12,000 meals every weekend to kids who might otherwise go hungry most of the weekend. FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry feeds 5,000 individuals monthly. For more information, visit www.feedmore.org.