Kibble on Wheels Receives $2500 Grant
Written by Admin | July 12, 2016 | In The News
Seniors with pets are 36 percent less likely to report loneliness and have 21 percent fewer doctor visits.* Yet some seniors struggle to have adequate nutrition or care for their pets as well as themselves. A $2500 grant from Meals on Wheels America will help the beloved companion animals of seniors served by Independent Living, Inc. The grant comes will be used to provide food, supplies and care through Kibble on Wheels, operated by Independent Living, Inc. The much-needed funding will help keep local seniors and their pets together.
Megan Meyer, coordinator of the Kibble on Wheels program and Independent Living’s volunteer program, says the grant is key in helping keep seniors and their pets together. “For many elderly citizens, pet ownership is a key to health and happiness. Our Kibble on Wheels program acknowledges the special bond between seniors and their pets and supports this bond by removing cost and transportation burdens. With this grant, we can better serve our clients by expanding the number of pets we support and accommodating their various dietary needs.”
In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 162 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), who in October of 2015, handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their popular Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.1 million in funding and pet food donations to over 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation.
“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs, we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.”
About Independent Living, Inc.
A local nonprofit organization, Independent Living, Inc. offers a comprehensive array of in-home services, health care and senior living options to help seniors and adults with disabilities live with as much independence in the best way possible. For information about Kibble on Wheels, Evening Meals on Wheels and other services, contact Independent Living, Inc. at 608-274-7900, or visit www.IndependentLivingInc.org.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.
*Sources: Stanley, I. H., Conwell, Y., Bowen, C., & Van Orden, K. A. (2014). Pet Ownership may Attenuate Loneliness Among Older Adult Primary Care Patients Who Live Alone. Aging & Mental Health, 18(3), 394–399. http://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.837147; Siegel, J.M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 1081-1086.