July 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local foundations invest in food security for seniors

Waterloo Region, ON – Two local foundations presented cheques Thursday, July 19th in support of an innovative initiative that will benefit local seniors, while generating significant net new revenues for the charity that supports them.

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is leveraging their existing kitchen and garden to expand their successful hot meals program to include frozen meal preparation.

More Than a Meal will build upon the agency’s 1,400 square foot kitchen and experience in delivery and scheduling to provide nutritious and delicious frozen meals to local seniors and adults with disabilities – and to other Meals on Wheels programs across the province.

“We are so honoured to have both The Cowan Foundation and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation partnering with us for this important project which will help us make our services available for years to come,” said Will Pace, CSC’s Executive Director.

The sales to other Meals on Wheels organizations has the potential to generate $200,000 annually within a couple of years that can be reinvested back into CSC’s core programs and services as the population ages and demand for services continues to grow.

The social enterprise will help ensure the region’s aging population can live at home with independence and dignity, and limited health system resources are appropriately allocated to those who most need them.

“We are impressed by the innovative work Community Support Connections is doing to provide nutritious meals, all while helping to prevent social isolation. Their More than a Meal program is integral to the wellbeing of residents in Waterloo Region and we are thrilled to partner with them to do more good”, said Elizabeth Heald, President & CEO of the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, who presented a cheque for $40,000 Thursday, in addition to $16,400 already contributed which purchased the flash freezer CSC is using to begin its frozen menu development.

CSC’s Tender Loving Care Kitchen, built in 2014, prepares up to 350 hot meals daily including 11 therapeutic diets.

“One focus of The Cowan Foundation is to support programs that improve the health and wellness of individuals in our community, with particular attention to seniors,” said Terry Reidel, Executive Director of The Cowan Foundation. “We are proud to support such an innovative and forward-thinking program that will make a significant impact in the lives of many seniors in the community, while also ensuring CSC’s ability to provide essential programs and services in the future.” Cowan’s investment of $32,000 will pay for two large storage freezers, allowing the agency to store inventory as they build it up.

To make a contribution or learn about CSC’s many volunteer opportunities, please visit cscmow.org or call their office at 519-772-8787.

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The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Frank Cowan. The Foundation is sustained by the ongoing success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies including Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company of North America and Cowan Asset Management. The goal of The Cowan Foundation is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and the broader well-being of our communities. Learn more at cowanfoundation.ca.

Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) is a leading community-building organization in Waterloo Region. They are focused on collaborating with partners to identify and meet the current and future needs of our community, by enabling social capital and developing creative forward-thinking innovative solutions for place-based philanthropy. Today, the Foundation holds over $100 million in total assets under management. Since its inception, KWCF has granted more than $41 million to local charities and non-profits throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas. Learn more at kwcf.ca.

CSC works with more than 1,500 volunteers, donors, funders and community partners to help more than 7,500 seniors and adults with disabilities live at home with independence and dignity. Services include: Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Grocery Shopping, Gentle Exercise, Falls Prevention, Community Dining, Friendly Visiting, Reassurance Calls, Home Help and Caregiver Support.

For more information please contact:

Rosalind Horne

Major Gifts and Engagement Lead

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

519-772-8787 ext. 225

rosalindh@cscmow.org