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Governor Chafee to Kick Off March For Meals Campaign on March 4, 2013

Providence, RI - Governor Chafee will kick-off the Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island's awareness campaign, "March for Meals" on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island offices, 70 Bath Street, Providence. The Governor will begin the Campaign with a Proclamation Announcement, and then personally deliver hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors. The Governor will be accompanied by Mr. Bob Twomey, Regional President of Webster Bank, the Campaign's Presenting Sponsor. Also in attendance will be Ms. Faith Weiner, Senior Director of Community Relations, CVS Caremark, Campaign Premier Sponsor.

"We are honored to have Governor Chafee participate in this important Campaign. His support will help to promote awareness of senior hunger, a serious problem plaguing our community and communities across the country" said Heather Amaral, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island. "Governor Chafee's strong voice will provide much needed visibility for our mission. In this tough economy, the food and human contact we provide is needed more than ever".

March For Meals is a campaign which seeks to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community during the month of March through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

All Rhode Island congressional delegates have each picked a day to take time out of their busy schedules and show their support by delivering hot, nutritious meals to our seniors in need! Another vital component of this month-long campaign is Mayors For Meals Day on March 20th, when Mayors statewide will meet some of their constituents by delivering meals in their communities. All these powerful voices together will promote a stronger awareness of Meals on Wheels crucial mission and goal that no senior goes hungry.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island wishes to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generosity and support of this vital Campaign. Thank you to Presenting Partner Webster Bank; Premier Sponsor CVS Caremark; and our generous Patrons: AAA of Southern New England; Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research; Cox Communications; Income Protection Partners; Johnson and Wales University; Mandel and Tracy, LLC; Partridge Snow and Hahn LLP; The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rhode Island; Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.; Washington Trust.

About Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island: Since 1969, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has focus on the nutritional well-being, independence, dignity and safety of RI seniors, the homebound and disabled. Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is the only home-delivered meal program in the state. In 2012 alone, volunteers delivered 360,299 meals to 2650 clients in need throughout the State. The organization also has six Congregate Dining sites, Emergency Response Systems, and a Pet Food Program.

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