Walmart Foundation awards grant to aid Meals on Wheels

MERRIMACK – The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services announced the receipt of a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and its State Giving Advisory Council.

The funds will help provide 36,000 meals to 2,900 isolated seniors and disabled adults in six New Hampshire counties via the member agencies’ Meals on Wheels programs.

"Your organization is doing important work in the communities you serve, and we are proud to support you in your efforts," the Walmart Foundation State Giving Team wrote to the NHCAS. "Thank you for expanding our mission and joining us in fighting hunger and improving nutrition, creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities through support of local causes."

Pam Jolivette, director of elder services of Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, said, "This generous grant from the Walmart Foundation will aid us tremendously as we provide older and disabled adults in our communities with access to nutritious food and reliable safety checks from trained Meals on Wheels drivers.

"Government funding does not cover the full cost of a meal and requires substantial fundraising on the part of the agencies that run Meals on Wheels programs, so contributions like this one are essential."

NHCAS is a collaboration among five nonprofit agencies that are dedicated to improving the lives of older and disabled adults in New Hampshire. NHCAS members offer services in six counties: Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough and Merrimack. This service area includes more than 50 percent of the state’s population.

Last year, coalition agencies served more than 820,000 Meals on Wheels to 4,900 New Hampshire residents. NHCAS members are the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Ossipee Concerned Citizens, St. Joseph Community Services and Tri-County Community Action Program.