Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island raised a record $57,000 during its 2018 March for Meals annual fundraising and public awareness campaign to end senior hunger and isolation across the state.fb-cover-photo-collage
With some donations still coming in, the total is the highest amount raised in the organization’s March for Meals campaign history.
“We wholeheartedly thank every individual, business and organization for their donation in support of our vital work to keep Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents healthy and safe,” said Meals on Wheels of RI Executive Director Heather Amaral. “Because of their generosity, homebound seniors across the state will receive the daily-delivered meals, safety checks and socialization they need to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be.”
The campaign total includes sponsorships from Webster Bank, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, CVS Health, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, Howes Lubricator, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc., KLR Certified Public Accounts, Mutual of America and Amica Companies Foundation.
More than $5,500 of the campaign total came from its companion “Buy a Wheel” in-store fundraiser, which proudly welcomed Brigido’s Fresh Market as a new campaign partner this year and Jerry’s Supermarket as a return partner.
“We also want to thank Gov. Gina Raimondo, the state congressional delegation and other elected officials who lent their public support of our mission and services by hand-delivering meals to homebound Rhode Island seniors throughout March,” said Amaral.
In addition to the governor, Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. David Cicilline, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung participated in the campaign.
“We are proud of our campaign’s success and honored that so many have entrusted us with their charitable dollars,” Amaral said. “Of course, our work does not end here. In order to meet the continuous and growing need for Meals on Wheels of RI services, our fundraising and advocacy efforts are ongoing.”
Donations to the 2018 March for Meals 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.