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11:51 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

CASA 'Meals on Wheels' in hunt for 'Share' grant

CASA "Meals-on-Wheels" won $100 from the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)/Subaru "Share the Love" grant program. The winning essay describes how the caring attitudes of the volunteer driver and program supervisor were instrumental in saving the life of a local homebound senior. CASA "Meals-on-Wheels" is now entering the next phase of the holiday competition - which relies on getting the most Facebook users to "Like" the story.

More than 140 "Share the Love" essays from programs across the country have been posted on MOWAA's Member blog. The Meals on Wheels program with the most "Likes" will win an additional $500. Those placing second through 10th will receive an additional $250. To "Like" the local essay submitted for this Facebook contest, go to mowaablog.org and search "CASA Meals-on-Wheels."

The money comes at a critical time for CASA's Meals on Wheels program and the more than 140 other grant winners nationwide. The country's economic downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding the community's homebound and other hungry seniors. CASA "Meals-on-Wheels" plans to use the money for its "Sponsor a Homebound Senior" program, which pays for the food and food service supplies to feed area low-income, homebound seniors.

The MOWAA/Subaru "Share the Love" grant is tied to Subaru's Share the Love Event. The Share the Love Event will run through Jan. 3, 2011. Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of one of five charities, including MOWAA.

CASA Senior Center, with less than a month's notice and no experience, officially began operating Prescott Valley area's "Meals-on-Wheels" Program July 1, 2009. Since then, they have delivered 29,433 meals to homebound seniors and served 12,113 meals in house. In addition, they provide a wide variety of programs, services and activities including wellness, health and education to contribute to the senior population's "Quality of Life."