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2091 Radcliff Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204 Phone 513/661-2777 – Fax 513/389-3092 www

.wesleycs.org

PRESS RELEASE
January 3, 2014 Contact: Stephen Smookler Chief Operations Officer 661-2777, cell 910-1714 Email: ssmookler@wesleycs.org

Wesley Community Services serves its 3,000,000th Meals On Wheels
Cincinnati, Ohio - Wesley Community Services will serve its 3,000,000th Meals On Wheels on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. The meal will be delivered to Ms. McCoucha, by meals delivery driver Bob Reid. Ms. McCoucha has received meals from Wesley Community Services since 1999. In addition to nutritious meals Ms. McCoucha receives milk, bread, and side items including fresh fruit and wholesome snacks. “We are honored to serve our 3,000,000th meal through our Meals on Wheels program to clients who rely on this vital service,” stated Stephen Smookler, Chief Operations Officer. Stephanie Tunison, Chief Executive Officer, explains, “Delivering nutritious meals to vulnerable individuals in our community means they will be able to remain in the comfort of their home for as long as possible. This service is essential to the community and we are thankful to our financial supporters who make this possible.”

In 1981 Wesley began providing Meals On Wheels to Cincinnati Westside residents when it was an outreach program of Wesley Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Women’s

Auxiliary. Today, meals are delivered to residents of Hamilton and Butler Counties in Ohio and eight counties of Northern Kentucky.

In 1986 a Congregate Meal program started through a contribution from The Helen Steiner Rice Foundation.

In 2004 Wesley Community Services collaborated with Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church to establish a Meals On Wheels kitchen. Wesley outgrew the Hyde Park facility and moved to its new location on Radcliff Drive in Price Hill in 2009.

The demand for nutritious meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities continues to increase. For 2013, Wesley delivered 450,000 meals and for 2014 projects delivery of 485,000 meals.

Also available are physician-prescribed therapeutic meals to seniors with chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, renal disease or swallowing or chewing problems. Wesley clients who are pet owners can take advantage of “Pet Portions” a program which provides free pet food to its clients who can’t afford to purchase dog or cat food.

For more information about Wesley Community Services contact 661-2777, or visit wesleycs.org. ###
About Wesley Community Services: Wesley Community Services (Wesley) fosters and supports seniors seeking to remain in their home for as long as possible through the provision of essential home-based services including Meals On Wheels, Specialized Transportation and Home/Personal Care. Wesley also has a Pet Portions program (free pet food for clients’ pets) and PetKare program (vouchers for veterinary services for clients’ pets). Wesley provided services to approximately 3,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities in 2013, is funded by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, and the Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and

Independent Living, Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties, Kentucky, and is a United Way partner agency. Wesley Community Services and Wesley Services Organization are accredited charities with the Better Business Bureau of Greater Cincinnati. For more information about Wesley Community Services or Wesley Services Organization call 513/661-2777, or visit www.wesleycs.org.

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