Vermont Business Magazine Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently presented a $25,000 grant to Age Well in support of its efforts to deliver more than 250,000 meals over the next year to homebound seniors and support infrastructure that will ensure greater quality and efficiencies in meal preparation and delivery for the largest Meals on Wheels provider in the state of Vermont. The grant will also provide funding to support Age Well’s new meal delivery technology, ServTracker which enables online management of delivery routes, dietary needs, volunteer schedules and much more. The grant was made available through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Council.
“Given our rapidly aging population, increasing costs, and funding that is not keeping pace, programs like our nutrition services face unprecedented challenges to meet a growing demand,” said Sara Wool, Director of Development & Communications at Age Well. “We cannot thank the Walmart Foundation enough for being such a powerful partner in our fight against senior hunger.”
According to Meals on Wheels of America, more than 40,000 Vermont seniors are living in or near poverty and over 20,000 are threatened by hunger. Age Well oversees more than 60 meal routes in Northwestern Vermont, providing nutritious meals and safety checks to thousands of individuals each year, helping to combat the three greatest threats to seniors- hunger, isolation, and loss of independence.
"At Walmart, it's our mission to improve the lives of people in the communities our stores serve - and that's exactly what Age Well does for some of Vermont's most vulnerable elders every day," said Walmart Public Affairs Director Chris Buchanan. "The Walmart Foundation is proud to support Age Well's Meals on Wheels program, which is providing a human connection as well as much-needed nutrition for low-income senior citizens throughout northwestern Vermont."
About The Walmart Foundation
In Fiscal Year 2016, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind. Associates also contributed more than 1.25 million hours of their time outside of work to volunteer causes. It’s their mission to create opportunities so people can live better. Whether it’s through the grants they provide to the thousands of organizations that share their mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, they are passionate about helping people live better by directing charitable giving toward their core areas of focus: Opportunity, Sustainability, and Community.
About Age Well
Age Well is a nonprofit organization that serves the aging population of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties and is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Vermont. Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence. Since 1974, Age Well has delivered over 10 million meals, provided nutrition and care coordination services to over 50,000 people, and responded to over 250,000 calls through our senior helpline. Confident aging starts here.
Source: November 29, 2017 (Essex Junction, VT) — Age Well