In an effort to help the more than 10 million seniors struggling with hunger and millions more living in isolation, the Caesars Foundation donated its 60th delivery vehicle to Meals on Wheels America.
These vehicles are essential to the Meals on Wheels network to deliver nutritious meals and to make friendly visits and frequent safety checks to vulnerable seniors. For many seniors, Meals on Wheels enables them to "age in place" in their own homes, rather than be hospitalized or relocate to a long-term care facility.
"Caesars Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where it operates – it's part of our code of commitment and at the very core of who Caesars is as a corporate citizen," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, chair of the board for Caesars Foundation. "One way we accomplish that goal is through relationships with organizations like Meals on Wheels America, which does remarkable work helping vulnerable seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation, and loss of independence."
Since 2002, the Caesars Foundation has contributed a total of 60 vehicles to Meals on Wheels America members across the country, providing new and reliable vehicles for meal delivery to older individuals unable to leave their homes. These donations represent more than $5 million in gifts from the Caesars Foundation toward ending hunger among older individuals in the U.S.
"We could not address senior hunger and isolation on such a broad scale without sustained support from committed donors like Caesars Foundation," said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. "From providing much-needed delivery vehicles, to building capacity at the national level, Caesars Foundation has played a key role in the success of the network for the past 15 years."