Archive for March 9th, 2012

Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego Gets Kitchen Makeover from the Gary and Mary West Foundation

Friday, March 9th, 2012

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 3, 2012) – Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc., is pleased to announce a $150,000 grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation to start the process of upgrading their Meal Center. Once completed, the remodeled and newly equipped Center will allow Meals-on-Wheels to expand its menu items to meet the growing needs of San Diego’s senior population. This includes the creation of additional hot meals, new cultural cuisine offerings and recipes that adhere to special health and dietary restrictions.

 

The donation from the Gary and Mary West Foundation helps Meals-on-Wheels to start laying the foundation for meeting the anticipated growth in demand for Meals-on-Wheels’ services as the Baby Boomer generation retires. The upgrades to the Meal Center make it possible to increase the capacity for producing more meals at a lower cost—and for producing a greater variety of meal offerings. More importantly, Meals-on-Wheels will be able to keep services affordable to the seniors it serves.

 

In addition to expanding the variety of meal choices, Meal Center upgrades will allow Meals-on-Wheels to access new partners and vendors. For example, once the new kitchen is completed, Meals-on-Wheels will be able to offer more farm-to-table and ocean-to-table options where a stovetop and oven is required for food preparation. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff will also be able to create sauces and other food items from scratch, helping to lower costs and improve efficiency.

 

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, Meals-on-Wheels will begin to build out the current 6,000 square foot Meal Center.” shared Debbie Case, President & CEO of Meals-on-Wheels San Diego. “The current Meal Center is limited to producing only cold food offerings and the heating of entrées prepared for Meals-on-Wheels by food vendors following geriatric nutrition guidelines. Having more flexibility will help retain current clientele by offering more diversity, as well as attract new ethnically diverse seniors and others with specific medical and lifestyle needs.”

 

Preparing 90% of the protein served, as well as sauces, stews, soups and grains will allow for additional cost-savings that can be passed along to seniors. Preparing meals in-house will also help Meals-on-Wheels reduce sodium, eliminate preservatives and improve overall nutritional value, as well as broaden sugar-free offerings for Diabetic clientele. “Certainly Meals-on-Wheels delivers a variety of nutritious menus today, however tomorrow’s savvy seniors will demand more.” Ms. Case adds. “Future demand may consist of choices such as organic food or gluten-free menus. Providing Healthy Latin Cuisine to the fastest growing population in San Diego will be the first menu expansion. Other diet and palate demands will certainly follow. Support from the Mary and Gary West Foundation is helping Meals-on-Wheels serve seniors the healthy food they want and deserve, both now and in the future.”

 

 

 

 

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About Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego:

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels ’staff and its volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers also provide a safety check, to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For the last 50 years, Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San

 

Diego has and continues to contribute to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at www.Meals-on-Wheels .org or call (800) 5 SENIOR.

 

About Gary and Mary West Foundation:

The Gary and Mary West Foundation is a private non-operating foundation that funds tax-exempt organizations in San Diego, California and Omaha, Nebraska. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of successful entrepreneurs Gary and Mary West. The couple founded West Corporation, a leading provider of customer relationship management solutions headquartered in Omaha.

The mission of the Gary and Mary West Foundation is to create new avenues for young and older Americans alike to enjoy a high quality of life.

 

 

                                                           

Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego Receives $2,500 Grant from Escondido Rotary Club

Friday, March 9th, 2012

 

San Diego, CA (February 7, 2012) – Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, supporters of independence and well-being of seniors, received a $2,500 grant from the Escondido Rotary Club on January 31 to support meals for seniors in the Escondido area.

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. is committed to reducing the isolation experienced by so many elderly.  Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes by volunteers.  Frequently the volunteer may be the only person the senior sees all day, providing human contact and a safety net, particularly for those seniors living alone.

For more details about Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. please visit www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5-SENIOR.

 

 

 

 

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About Meals-On-Wheels, Greater San Diego:

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff and its volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers also provide a safety check, to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For over 50 years, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. has and continues to contribute to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at www.meals-on-wheels.org or call

800.5.SENIOR.

Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego Announces 2011-2012 Board

Friday, March 9th, 2012

San Diego, CA (April 2011) – Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego is pleased to announce the installment of its 2011-2012 Board of Directors.  The make up of the board includes representation from across the county, including many sectors of the business community.

Elected officers include Tyson Dethloff of Allenbrooke Insurance Services, Inc., Byron Mignanelli of Global Strategic Management Institute, Eric Pannese of Intuit, Joan Richardson of Richardson Insurance Agency and Kristi Pieper-Rossbacher of Five K Family Trust.

 

“Meals-on-Wheels is thrilled to have so many well respected San Diegans and local businesses represented on our board to help further our mission and contribute to the overall well-being of San Diego seniors,” said Debbie Case, president and CEO of Meals-on-Wheels.

 

Tenured officers and committee chairs continuing to serve include: Daralyne Baddour, a Certified Public Accountant, as Chair of the Board; Kevin McMahon of McMahon Steel, as Vice-Chair of the Board; and the Hon. Margie Woods of the San Diego Superior Court, as Secretary.

 

Committee Chairs are as follows by area of focus: Audit – Gary Grambling, Gramling Construction Company; Board Development – Steven Ratner, Law Offices of Steven M. Ratner; Finance – Ryan Belmer, SmithBarney; Marketing & Resource Development – Eric Pannese, Intuit; Human Resources – Tyson Dethloff, Allenbrooke Insurance Services, Inc.; and Services – Noah Katsell, DLA Piper.

 

Meals-on-Wheels provides seniors with regular nutrition and daily contact from caring volunteers. In 2011 volunteers will donate 211,575 hours, drive 725,400 miles and serve 2,500 seniors in 48 San Diego communities. Last year, over 400,000 meals were delivered by volunteers to fulfill the organization’s mission to end senior hunger and isolation.

 

For more details on Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego, please visit www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5-SENIOR.                                   # # #

MEAL-ON-WHEELS LANZA SU NUEVO SITIO EN LA RED EN CONMEMORACIÓN DE SUS MÁS DE 51 AÑOS DE SERVICIO PÚBLICO

Friday, March 9th, 2012

San Diego, CALIF. (31 de marzo del 2011) – En conmemoración de sus más de 51 años de servicio público, el Servicio de Comidas a Domicilio Meals-on-Wheels (MOW), del Greater San Diego orgullosamente anuncia el lanzamiento de su nuevo portal en el internet: www.meals-on-wheels.org.

Actualmente el número de personas de la tercera edad que están en línea en la red continúa aumentando, y MOW ahora les está simplificando éste sitio de búsqueda en la red. Estas nuevas mejoras no solo benefician a las personas mayores, también facilitan el ser voluntario, dar donaciones y las comidas. Este mes, el nuevo sitio de MOW ha tenido más de 21,000 visitantes, lo que representa un aumento del 69% al compararlo con el mes anterior.

 

Nuestro portal electrónico cuenta con grandes mejores, siendo la primera el brindarle al usuario la conveniencia de fácilmente cambiar el tamaño del tipo de letra usado en el contenido de nuestro sitio informático. Así mismo, hemos agregado una nueva página electrónica para la inscripción de comidas, la que es ahora la más visitada.  En este sitio, MOW tiene un formulario completo de inscripción que está ubicado en un servidor certificado HIPAA lo que le presta mayor seguridad y protección a toda la información personal y médica.

 

Las mejoras en este sitio también facilitan a los voluntarios a inscribirse en MOW.  Ahora, esta sección les proporciona información sobre las variadas oportunidades para los voluntarios de MOW; tales como poder ser un voluntario individual, como también hacerlo en grupo o por empresas, o con el Equipo Callejero MOW Jr. (MOW Jr. Street Team) que es un nuevo grupo de jóvenes voluntarios estudiantiles que cursan  desde la primaria hasta la preparatoria.

 

Donar a MOW también se ha facilitado. MOW del Greater San Diego, por ser una organización sin fin de lucro, depende del apoyo de la comunidad y no de fondos gubernamentales directos. Aproximadamente el 37% de sus ingresos son por los cobros de sus servicios, con el restante 63% cubierto por donaciones de varios constituyentes de la comunidad.

 

La organización está concentrándose en ampliar sus servicios para cubrir las necesidades de la creciente población de personas de la tercera edad a medida que los Baby Boomers alcanzan la edad de jubilarse; por lo que por favor visite ahora nuestro sitio en la internet y  hoy haga su donativo que beneficiará a las personas mayores a través de nuestro condado.

 

 

 

Información sobre Meals-On-Wheels, del Greater San Diego:  

El impacto que brinda Meals-On-Wheels a la gente a quien sirve va más allá de proporcionarles comidas saludables. Tanto el personal, como también los voluntarios de Meals-On-Wheels, a menudo desarrollan  una amistad con las personas mayores mientras con regularidad les proporcionan un contacto diario y comidas nutritivas. Nuestros voluntarios hacen observaciones sobre la salud y la seguridad personal de nuestros clientes de la tercera edad. Muchas personas mayores no tendrían ningún contacto con el mundo exterior sin nuestras continuas entregas de comidas. Por los  últimos 51 años, Meals-On-Wheels del Greater San Diego ha contribuido al bienestar general de las personas mayores al proporcionarles nutrición con regularidad y un contacto diario con nuestros solícitos voluntarios. El sostenimiento y  un largo futuro de entregas es el enfoque de Meals On Wheels del Greater San Diego para asegurarse que ninguna persona de la tercera edad este hambrienta y aislada. Entérese más en www.meals-on-wheels.org o llame al (800) 5-SENIOR.

Fishing For Charities: Sport fishermen Disembark Monday, Aug. 8

Friday, March 9th, 2012

** First time four San Diego charities come together to raise food
for local seniors, homeless and veterans **

 

WHO:           FISH. FOOD. FEEL GOOD. (F3G), a San Diego 501c3 non-profit mission collects fish from sport fishermen and distributes them to local charities who serve it to San Diegans in need – including seniors, the homeless, jobless, and veterans.

 

WHAT:         The founder of F3G and the four presidents/CEOs/executives from Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, the San Diego Food Bank, and the San Diego Rescue Mission are coming together to help each other and the clients that each non-profit serves.

 

This will be the very first time these executives are coming together to support a charity other than their own and yes, they are actually going fishing together for 1.5 days to make a difference in the lives of local seniors, the homeless, jobless, and veterans.

 

WHEN:        Monday, Aug. 8 at 6:00 p.m., the fishermen will board the boat –
“Pacific Queen” at Fishermen’s Landing in Shelter Island
The boat will depart at 8:00 p.m.
The Pacific Queen will return at approx. 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10

 

Editor’s Note: Please let us know if you’d be interested in conducting any live or taped media opportunities. Evening news or weather live shots on Monday and/or morning package opportunities are available. Please call c3 to make arrangements, as we will be able to get in touch with the boat out at sea.

 

INFO/DONATIONS: www.f3g.org

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San Diego County Ford Dealerships Fund Fuel for Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego

Friday, March 9th, 2012

 San Diego, CA (July 25, 2010) – Meals-on-Wheels (MOW), Greater San Diego is proud to announce that they have been given a donation of $30,500 from San Diego County Ford Dealers to help fund fuel expenses for their meal transport vans.

 

The significant contribution, part of Ford’s “Operation Goodwill” program, was announced at MOW’s annual gala – this year named the Beach Ball, which included its 2nd Annual Appetizer Challenge – held on July 16  at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The local Ford dealerships, a longtime corporate partner, have offered to fund the MOW fuel costs for the next 12 months.

“The San Diego County Ford dealers are proud to provide the fuel funding for this great program in San Diego,” said Doug Davis, general manager for Kearny Pearson Ford. “We are all very pleased to be a part of the effort that makes this service available to seniors in need locally. With the rising costs of fuel today, we hope this will aid in MOW’s ability to keep the program reaching the areas of most need.”

 

This specific contribution was especially well received by MOW as the country’s economic downturn and rising oil costs have made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding the community’s homebound and other hungry seniors locally.

 

“We see many of our clients daily with the delivery of their meals,” said Debbie Case, CEO of MOW. “With this significant donation from local Ford dealers we can ensure our vans are able to keep these important appointments all throughout the year.”

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About Meals-On-Wheels, Greater San Diego:

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff and its volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers also provide a safety check, to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For the last 50 years, Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego has and continues to contribute to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Learn more at www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5 SENIOR.

 

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc.’s “Beach Ball” & 2nd Annual Appetizer Challenge

Friday, March 9th, 2012


 The annual Dine with the Chefs experience will be held

Saturday, July 16, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

 

(San Diego, Calif. – May XX, 2011) Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego celebrates “Beach Ball” and the 2nd Annual Appetizer Challenge, Saturday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktails and “island themed” chef appetizer challenge, as well as dinner, live auction, entertainment and dancing.

 

Featured chefs participating in the challenge include: Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room, Chef Michael McDonald of Top of the Market, Executive Chef/Owner Nobu Matsuhisa – Nobu San Diego, Owner Pablo Rio of Bellagio Ristorante, Executive Chef Joesph Melluso, Chef Joseph Melluso Julie Weiss of the Old Town Cosmopolitan as well as  Wild Thyme Company’s Executive Chef, Julie Weiss.

 

The Dine with the Chefs experience will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego and will be emceed by KUSI’s Brad Perry.

 

The event is the organization’s most significant annual gala and allows the agency to continue to contribute to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego provides seniors with regular nutrition and daily contact from caring volunteers. In 2011 volunteers will donate 211,575 hours, drive 725,400 miles and serve 2,300 seniors in 48 San Diego communities. Last year, over 400,000 meals were delivered by volunteers to fulfill the organization’s mission to end senior hunger and isolation.

The Chair of this year’s “Beach Ball” is Maria Stanley with two co-chairs, Ellen Bryson & Kristi Pieper-Rossbacher. Bill & Wanda Goldberg are the Honorary Celebrity Chairs. Special guests John Hermann, Board Emeritus (serving for over 40 years) as well as Ford Motor Company will receive special recognition for providing service, assistance and funding to Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego.

Individual tickets are $150 per person with proceeds going to support senior food delivery programs throughout the county. For more details on the Gala or Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego, please visit www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5-SENIOR.

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MEALS-ON-WHEELS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND LOGO TO COMMEMORATE OVER 51 YEARS OF SERVICE

Friday, March 9th, 2012

San Diego, CA– Meals-on-Wheels (MOW), Greater San Diego is proud to announce the launch of their new website, www.meals-on-wheels.org, and logo to commemorate over 51 years of service. The introduction of the website and logo reflects the new vision of the organization, which proudly supports the rapid growth in services and amount of people being served within the San Diego County.

 

More and more seniors are online today and MOW is making it easier for those seniors to browse through their site.  New upgrades not only benefit seniors, but also to make it easier to volunteer, donate and sign up for meals. The new MOW site has had over 21,000 visits so far, an increase of 69 percent from the month before.

 

The first new feature of the upgraded site is the ability to easily and conveniently change the font size of the site’s content. Major improvements were also made to the site’s including adding a new meal sign-up page, now the most popular destination on the site.  Also, MOW now has a full in-take form on the site that sits on a HIPA certified server, allowing for more security and protection of all personal and medical information.

 

Improvements of the site have also made it very easy for volunteers to sign up with MOW. This section now provides information on the various volunteer opportunities with MOW from volunteering as an individual, as a group or business, or with the MOW Jr. Street Team, a new volunteer group for students elementary through high school.

 

Donating to the MOW has been made easier as well. As a non-profit organization, MOW Greater San Diego relies on support from the community and not on direct government funding. Approximately 37 percent of its revenue is from fees for service, with the remaining 63 percent donated by various constituencies in the community. The organization is concentrating on expanding services to meet the needs of the growing senior population as Baby Boomers reach retirement age, so please visit the website today to make a donation that will benefit seniors across our county.

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About Meals-On-Wheels, Greater San Diego:

The impact that Meals-on-Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Meals-on-Wheels’ staff and its volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors, as well as providing regular nutrition and daily contact. In addition to the meals, volunteers also provide a safety check, to ensure that senior clients are safe and well. Without continued meal delivery, many seniors would not have a connection to the outside world. For the last 51 years, Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego has contributed to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Sustainability and delivering well into the future is the focus of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego to ensure no senior goes hungry or isolated.Learn more at www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5-SENIOR.

OVER 150 SAN DIEGO GIRL SCOUTS DELIVER TO MEALS-ON WHEELS HOMEBOUND SENIOR AND VETERANS

Friday, March 9th, 2012

WHO/WHY

From South Bay to North County, local Girls Scouts will be volunteering and delivering meals for Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego countywide. The local non-profit operates solely with the help of volunteers that give of their time each and every day to ensure San Diego seniors have daily meals.  In honor of Veteran’s Day, over 150 Girl Scouts from across the county will accompany Meals-on-Wheels volunteers as they bring homebound seniors their daily meal. The girls will earn a Meals-on-Wheels patch for their community service.

 

WHEN/WHERE

Saturday, November 12. Media are invited to follow along on two of the routes

 

Central San Diego

At 10:30 a.m. the Girl Scouts meet at a meal drop-off site located at the Clairemont Lutheran Church parking lot at 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117 and pick up meals for delivery. The caravan will depart to senior Veterans’ homes at 10:45 a.m. The senior home stops are within 5 minutes of the meal drop-off point, so everything is in close driving proximity. c3 Communications will provide directions to the two senior homes to be visited the day of the event.

 

North County

At 10:30 a.m. the Girl Scouts meet at the at the Southwestern corner of the parking lot at First Presbyterian Church at 2001 El Camino Real Oceanside and pick up meals for delivery. The caravan will depart to senior Veterans’ homes at 10:45 a.m. The senior home stops are within 5 minutes of the meal drop off point, so everything is in close driving proximity. c3 Communications will provide directions to the two senior homes to be visited the day of the event.

 

MEDIA VISUALS/EDITOR’S NOTE

Great visuals include Girl Scouts loading meals at the meet site, the delivery to local senior Veterans and the caravan. Interviews include Girl Scouts, senior Veterans (Meals-on –Wheels clients), Meals-on-Wheels.

SAN DIEGANS DONATE TIME AND DELIVER THANKSGIVING MEALS SO REGULAR MEALS-ON-WHEELS, GREATER SAN DIEGO VOLUNTEERS HAVE THE HOLIDAY OFF!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

***Special Non-Profit of Classic Cars Caravan to Deliver to Homebound Seniors***

WHO/WHY

Meals-on-Wheels operates with volunteers that give their time each and every day to ensure San Diego seniors have daily meals.  One time a year, they are given the day off thanks to “Pick-Ups Limited of Southern California San Diego Chapter.” For the last 8 years, this charitable group has donated their time on Thanksgiving Day and delivered meals so the regular volunteers can have the day off, giving of themselves, but also ensuring seniors still get their important Thanksgiving meal.

 

WHAT/WHERE

“Pick-Ups Limited of Southern California San Diego Chapter” are owners of 1953, 54, 55 and 56’Ford F-100 trucks. They volunteer and band together every year to help the homebound seniors of the community, meeting up at 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion in La Mesa located at 8118 University (located by El Cajon Blvd, Baltimore and the I-8). The Meals-On-Wheels vans will arrive 10:20-10:30 a.m. with the food. At 10:30 a.m., they will all caravan the 14 antique vehicles to senior’s homes. We will also be collection socks, slippers, Snuggies and blankets for the seniors between 10:00 -10:30 a.m.

 

VISUALS / EDITOR’S NOTE

Great visuals include classic cars, Meals-on -Wheels honorary volunteers, Thanksgiving meals. Media can follow the loading of cars and the caravan. Interviews include Meals-on –Wheels CEO, Debbie Case. There will also be representatives from “Pick-Ups Limited” available for interviews.

 

ABOUT MEALS-ON-WHEELS

Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego contributes to the overall well-being of seniors by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a caring volunteer. Meals-on-Wheels home-delivers two meals a day, for seven days a week (including holidays) throughout San Diego County from San Ysidro to Oceanside. For more information visit, www.meals-on-wheels.org or call (800) 5-SENIOR.