Because of the generosity of our incredible sponsors and supporters, we are able to share that the 2019 March for Meals campaign raised more than $60,000 to support our vital programs.
“In this, our Golden Anniversary Year, it means a great deal to have such strong support from our partners and community,” said Meals on Wheels of RI Board Chairman Harold “Skip” Burns. “Without the continued kindness of so many, we would not be able to continue our important work in helping homebound Rhode Island seniors stay healthy and safe in their own homes.”
The campaign total includes extremely generous sponsorships from Webster Bank—the campaign’s Golden Anniversary Year Sponsor—Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, CVS Health, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, KLR Certified Public Accountants, Mutual of America, R.B. Howes & Co., Inc., Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokers, Amica Companies Foundation, and Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance.
In addition to supporting Meals on Wheels of RI as the campaign’s premier sponsor, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island also made our organization the beneficiary of their March lunchroom donation campaign. Throughout the month, employees had the option of depositing their change into a donation box and raised an additional $229.00.
More than $7,300.00 of the campaign total came from its companion “Buy a Wheel” in-store fundraiser, which proudly welcomed Brigido’s Fresh Market and Jerry’s Supermarket as return partners and Shaidzon Brewing Co. as a new partner this year.
“Our efforts would not have successful without the support of Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, the state congressional delegation and other elected officials who added their strong voices to our mission,” Burns said. “As they delivered meals to our clients, they publicly supported the work we do and helped to advocate for our seniors.”
In addition to the lieutenant governor, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. David Cicilline, R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon, and Scituate Town Council President James Brady Jr. and Scituate Town Council Member Tim McCormick delivered meals to homebound seniors.
(Sen. Jack Reed’s scheduled delivery, unfortunately, was cancelled due to inclement weather.)
Donations to the 2019 March for Meals Golden Anniversary Campaign are still being accepted online at www.rimeals.org, by mail to 70 Bath St., Providence, RI 02908 or by phone at (401) 351-6700.