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Posted on: June 14, 2016

SRDA RECEIVES $ 2,500 FROM MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA TO SUPPORT CLIENT PET SUPPORT PROGRAM

Pueblo, CO., June 6, 2016 – Knowing that seniors with pets are 36% less likely to report loneliness and have 21% fewer doctor visits*, SRDA is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for SRDA clients with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

A pet can provide companionship and help reduce isolation and loneliness for our clients.

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 162 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), who in October of 2015, handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their popular Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.1 million in funding and pet food donations to over 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation.

“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs, we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.”

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