POMEROY — In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide, Subaru of America, Inc. has donated a Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to the Meigs County Council on Aging, in partnership with Meals on Wheels America.
On average each month, The Meigs Council on Aging drives 4,000 miles to deliver meals, and the donated 2018 Subaru Outback will enable the Meigs Council on Aging staff and volunteers to reach 20 more seniors and serve 400 more meals each month.
“The Meigs Council on Aging, was very excited to find out that we were chosen to receive one of Subaru’s 50 cars,” said Beth Shaver, Executive Director of the MCoA, in a news release.
“We had already started using a Subaru Forester to deliver meals to our seniors, and knew we were going to need another one right away after seeing how well it performed.”
“It couldn’t have come at a better time to help serve the seniors of Meigs County, and we look forward to expanding our program with the new Subaru Outback.”
Shaver and John Matson picked up the vehicle on Thursday morning in Parkersburg. The thermal units, which will run off the vehicles electric system, will soon be installed and the vehicle will be ready to deliver meals.
Currently, the council on aging serves meals on wheels to 125 individuals with that number growing, said Shaver.
This fall, Subaru donated 50 new 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles to select Meals on Wheels programs throughout the county, to be used in the delivery of an estimated 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 seniors across 39 states.
Subaru has supported the national Meals on Wheels network for the last nine years through its annual philanthropic event, Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to seniors.
“Subaru’s ‘50 Cars for 50 Years’ vehicle donation will enable Meals on Wheels programs, like the Meigs County Council on Aging, to expand its reach to many Meigs County seniors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “This latest act of care and kindness further underscores Subaru of America’s longstanding commitment to giving back to communities large and small.”
The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, a pillar of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and ‘Subaru Loves to Help’ co-branding.
“We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in America in a way that is appropriate for our brand and are delighted to donate vehicles that will support local communities by combating threats of isolation and hunger affecting seniors across the country,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “At Subaru, we believe in providing safe and reliable vehicles for all of life’s journeys and are honored to partner with Meals on Wheels to help people live more nourished lives