Stop and Shop fundraiser benefits Waterbury Seniors

Friday, April 8, 2011
Waterbury, CT

Who better to raise funds for hunger than a supermarket? As part of Stop & Shop’s Food for Friends campaign, each Stop & Shop store sells paper turkeys at the checkout in $1, $3, and $5 denominations. The turkeys could be personalized by each customer and were displayed decoratively throughout the store. One-hundred percent of the funds raised by Stop & Shop are donated to local and regional hunger relief organizations.

On March 18th, New Opportunities' Meal On Wheels program was the recipient of the funds raised by the Stop & Shop located on Reidville Drive in Waterbury, Connecticut. A check for $4,848.00 was presented to mgill [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org (Mary-Kate Gill), Director of Elder Services and llabonte [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org (Lisa Labonte), Director of Senior Nutrition Services at New Opportunities.

LaBonte said, “We are very grateful to Stop & Shop and their customers for supporting Meal On Wheels. Every dollar raised goes directly towards the purchase of meals for homebound seniors.” The Meal On Wheels program at New Opportunities Inc., which is funded through the Western Area Agency on Aging, served over 351,000 home delivered meals to 1,214 homebound seniors in 2010 - averaging over 500 deliveries each day in the Central Naugatuck Valley region.

The program also operates lunch programs at area senior centers and other locations throughout the region, as well as administering the Senior Dine Restaurant program.

Anyone 60 or older interested in learning more about New Opportunities' Meal On Wheels program is encouraged to call (203) 757-7738, or email nutrition [at] newopportunitiesinc [dot] org, for additional information.

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