Meals on Wheels America News: Who's Stepping Up for Seniors? Take a Look!

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April 24, 2020


We have already sent over $5.1 million dollars directly to the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

To date, your donations have already given more than 330 local Meals on Wheels programs a fighting chance in providing the vital lifeline millions of at-risk seniors need throughout this crisis.
Funds donated to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund are paying for additional meals, ramped-up telephone check-in programs, gloves and disinfectants for volunteers and so much more. And it's all being targeted to the communities that need it the most.

Demand for Meals on Wheels has doubled in many communities across the country and local programs are working around the clock to reach seniors. It's a problem too big to solve alone – and we're grateful for those who are stepping up to help us get there.

- Josh Groban raised money through an at-home live concert on Facebook and couldn't have ended with a more appropriate song than "You Raise Me Up."

- The cast of Grace and Frankie performed a live table read on YouTube to benefit Meals on Wheels that inspired so much generosity that it actually temporarily crashed our website.

- Meals on Wheels was even mentioned on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" (watch Niall Horan's performance) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (watch Friends' trivia with Courtney Cox) – on the same night!

- Fanatics launched a campaign to auction off once in a lifetime opportunities with athletes and celebrities: Batting practice with Alex Rodriguez, golf with Justin Timberlake or starring in Kevin Hart's next movie. Hundreds of celebrities and athletes have joined the #AllInChallenge which has raised over $17 million to date to help Meals on Wheels and several additional charities during the crisis.

- Qurate Retail Group (comprised of brands like Qurate Retail Group (comprised of brands like QVC®, HSN® and Zulily®) has already hit its initial $1 million donation match pledge! So, they've increased it to $2 million! You now have until #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5 — a day dedicated to unite the world in the midst of COVID-19. Make your donation go twice as far.

- If you're missing sports or just want to support seniors, tune in April 23-25 to the NFL Draft-A-Thon, which will be a three-day virtual fundraiser for Meals on Wheels and five additional charities battling the spread of COVID-19. Tune in to the #DraftAThon to see surprise guests talk about Meals on Wheels and raise money for our COVID-19 relief efforts! Watch live across NFL social channels (NFL website, NFL App, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch) starting from April 23rd at 7:30 ET and visit nfl.com/relief to learn more or donate.

After the NFL Draft on April 23rd, make sure to tune in for the Oikos Triple Zero NFL Draft (Virtual) After-Party. Shaq will be DJ'ing live at 10pm ET – celebrating a $50,000 gift from Oikos to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund and encouraging others to give as well. You can follow along on Shaq's Instagram page tonight!

And, of course, we couldn't get through this crisis without the amazing Meals on Wheels volunteers. Three-quarters of Meals on Wheels volunteers are over 55 years old – and they're forced to comply with safety precautions and stay home themselves. The Washington Post tells how, in Mercer County, NJ, college students like Nate Byrnes are stepping up to help fill the gap.

"I feel like it's a really good way to be able to do something to help, especially when it seems like right now there aren't that many ways we can help," Nate says.
We want to close with a huge thanks for all you do to help others, and we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe at home and healthy.

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