Subaru donates car to Athens’ Meals on Wheels program

Subaru of America Inc. donated this new Subaru Outback to the Athens Community Council on Aging to use in its Meals on Wheels program. (Sally Gustafson, Spotted)

Subaru of America Inc. recently donated a Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to the Athens Community Council on Aging.

 

On average, ACCA’s Meals on Wheels program drives 9,500 miles each month to deliver meals, and the donated 2018 Subaru Outback will enable ACCA’s Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers to reach 15 more seniors and serve 300 more meals each month.

To celebrate the arrival of ACCA’s new Subaru, representatives from Subaru of America and Phil Hughes Subaru rode along on a Meals on Wheels route to see first-hand the impact this program has on the Athens community.

ACCA and Phil Hughes Subaru will also be partnering to host “Stuff the Subaru” to collect canned food items to be distributed to ACCA clients for Thanksgiving meals as part of ACCA’s annual TurkeyPalooza event. Donations can be delivered to ACCA or Phil Hughes Subaru through Nov. 17.

For more information on how to donate to this campaign, contact Morgan O’Kelley at (706) 549-4850.

This fall, Subaru donated 50 new 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles to select Meals on Wheels programs throughout the country, to be used in the delivery of an estimated 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 seniors across 39 states. Subaru has supported the national Meals on Wheels network for the last nine years through its annual philanthropic event, Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to seniors.

“Subaru’s ‘50 Cars for 50 Years’ vehicle donation will enable Meals on Wheels programs, like ACCA’s Meals on Wheels, to expand its reach to many Athens seniors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “This latest act of care and kindness further underscores Subaru of America’s longstanding commitment to giving back to communities large and small.”

The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, a pillar of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and ‘Subaru Loves to Help’ co-branding.

“We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in America in a way that is appropriate for our brand and are delighted to donate vehicles that will support local communities by combating threats of isolation and hunger affecting seniors across the country,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer of Subaru of America Inc. “At Subaru, we believe in providing safe and reliable vehicles for all of life’s journeys and are honored to partner with Meals on Wheels to help people live more nourished lives.”

 

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