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March 4, 2014 > LIFE ElderCare needs new wheels for a million meals

LIFE ElderCare needs new wheels for a million meals

Submitted By Sherri Plaza

ItÕs time for March for Meals, LIFE ElderCareÕs 12th annual month-long celebration of Meals on Wheels, feeding over 350 hungry homebound seniors and the disabled every day.

This yearÕs celebration includes Wheels for a Million Meals and Mayors for Meals. LIFEÕs 20-year old truck has served well by delivering over one million meals, but it breaks down a lot and needs to be replaced. The truck is critical to the process of delivering hot, nutritious meals to seniors in our community.

LIFE is turning to the community to raise $35,000 for new Wheels for a Million Meals. Between March 1 and March 31, LIFE is participating in the Global Giving Open Challenge, and is eligible to win $3,000 towards the truck by raising the most money at the Global Giving website. Starting March 1, donations can be made online at Everyone who donates will get his or her name written inside the new truck!

ÒGiving a daily hot meal to someone who is frail, sick, disabled or homebound is a very basic act. But the impacts are tremendous. That simple action means that a person who is alone will get a safety check; if theyÕve fallen or become ill, someone will know. It means that a person with poor health will eat a well-balanced, high nutrient meal that day. And it means that they will receive warm, human contact, which is something every single one of us needs to be healthy,Ó explains LIFE ElderCare Executive Director Patricia Osage.

On March 21, Mayors for Meals will showcase a day in the life of Meals on Wheels. Our local mayors and other elected officials will join Life ElderCare staff and volunteers to personally experience the satisfaction and joy of being a Meals on Wheels volunteer. They will help volunteers pick up the meals, and ride along as the volunteers deliver these hot meals to seniors and disabled adults in Fremont, Newark, and Union City.

To learn more about LIFE ElderCare or to volunteer, visit or call (510) 574-2090.

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