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Funding from this grant will be directly utilized to purchase and deliver pet food for recipients on the meals on wheels program in Molalla, Mulino, and Colton.

SUBMITTED  - Senior citizens and their pets can be good friends, but sometimes seniors need help paying for the pet's food.The Molalla Adult Center Nutrition Program is proud to announce that it has received a $1500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for area clients with pets - all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

"Pets, including service and companion animals, are actually so important to our recipients that we found there were increased instances where meals on wheels clients were feeding their animals the food intended for their own healthy nutrition. This grant allows us to avoid food scarcity of our own pet-loving recipients." States Center Director Cecily Rose.

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 193 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). To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations.

"While the benefits of companionship are clear, taking care of a pet can be financially and physically challenging for seniors," said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. "Meals on Wheels Loves Pets helps local Meals on Wheels providers alleviate this hardship and at the same time reduce the negative effects of isolation."

Funding from this grant will be directly utilized to purchase and deliver pet food for recipients on the meals on wheels program in Molalla, Mulino, and Colton.

About The Molalla Adult Community Center

The Molalla Adult Community Center is a non-profit organization. Its objectives are to promote educational, recreational, social, cultural, community health, and nutrition programs for senior citizens. We have been serving seniors and those with disabilities in Molalla and the surrounding community since 1981.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America's seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

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