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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beach Walk/ Bike-a-Thon

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I'm excited to share this interview with Patricia Barrett, the Director of Annual Gifts and Events at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels with you.

Q: "How many people are expected to attend the 17th Annual Beach Walk/ Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, April 15?"
A: "About 250-300 (although we’re using Social Media this year, so it might be more)."
Q: "How many people were there & how much money was raised last year?"
A: "We had about 300 people last year and raised $98,000."
Q: "How many people have been served by SVMOW in 2011?"
A: "We prepare and deliver warm, nutritious meals every day of the year to over 2,700 homebound, ill hungry seniors in the Los Angeles area. To those who request it, we also deliver breakfast and a cold supper, too. We make over 4,700 meals each day in our kitchen.  Staff and volunteers deliver the meals each day in our 34 vans."
Q: "Is there a growing need for your services & what age group is most in need?"
A: "Yes. Over 1 million seniors in the U.S. go hungry because they cannot afford to buy food; another 5 million face the threat of hunger. And these days, hunger knows no boundaries: The headlines are depressing: in one of the world’s richest nations, there are children and seniors who go to sleep every night feeling the pangs of food deprivation."
Q: Do you need volunteers to help with this event?"
A: " For this particular event, we do not need volunteers. We need fundraisers, (but) we love our volunteers. They help deliver our meals every day and support us with our events." 
Q: "Do you have photos of past events?" 
A: "I’ll send you a few tomorrow."
Q: "What else do you wish to tell people about this event?"
A: "Fundraising for our event is very easy: $10 will feed one senior for one day. If you ask 10 friends to contribute $10 each, you become a fundraiser extraordinaire by raising $100.  Use your FaceBook page and help ensure our homebound seniors have a warm meal every day." 

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Ingrid Cheng
Writer, Health Advocate

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