Contributed by Peninsula Volunteers:
What could be easier than feeding hungry seniors by going out to eat? On Tuesday, Oct. 15, participating restaurants in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to support Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program and feed local homebound seniors.
“When you are hungry nothing else matters. Over 12,000 seniors in San Mateo County are threatened by hunger Every Day. Please help us to feed them,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Meals on Wheels Director for PVI.
Support local restaurants and make a difference in the lives of Peninsula seniors.
PVI’s Meals on Wheels program serves cities within San Mateo County, preparing and delivering over 130,000 hot nutritious meals per year to those in need, over half of them right in their own homes. In addition to the meal, each day homebound seniors receive safety-wellness checks. Meals on Wheels drivers are often the only human contact the homebound senior has that whole day.
The recession, along with state and local budget cuts, has caused a dramatic reduction in funding of safety net services for frail and low income seniors. At the same time, food and transportation costs are escalating. The result is that our Meals on Wheels program has received more requests than ever for services as our community members age, and we’re already serving record numbers.
Two-thirds of meal recipients live alone and 100 percent suffer from illness, incapacity and other conditions affecting their independence.
Eat out at any of the following San Carlos restaurants on Oct. 15 and 10 percent of your bill will go to Meals on Wheels.
CreoLa Bistro, 344 El Camino Real
Piacere Restaurant, 727 Laurel St.
Vanilla Moon Bakery, 872 Laurel St.