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Dear Friends,

In the last year, we have experienced a 175% increase in our services” said, CEO, Pam Gnekow, director of Meals on Wheels.
“We have been in awe of the outpouring of support, and there’s still much we can do to ensure everyone in need of our vital
lifeline can benefit from being well-nourished and more connected to our community through this challenging time and
beyond.”

Last year we were serving 170 meals per day and giving out 291,000lbs. of fresh produce. Since COVID-19 we are doing 340
meals a day and have given out 872,000lbs. of fresh produce. We are covering three additional routes and traveling to Los
Alamos daily

“The pandemic has introduced many of us to the newfound and harsh realities of food insecurity and social isolationsomething that far too many seniors experience as their daily norm. More than ever, we must rally around our essential
community-based programs that service as lifelines to a growing number of people in need, to enable their own long-term
vitality,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Even when we make it through this
unprecedented time in our nation’s history, there will still be millions of vulnerable older adults who will rely on that familiar
knock on the door that provides peace of mind and hope beyond the meal itself. Please join us in celebrating the power and
importance of Meals on Wheels this March and always.”

The Buellton Senior Center will be adding programs this
year that will be covering the entire Valley. We will be
focusing in on the needs of the community as well as
seniors. We will be taking on a new name, Santa Ynez
Valley Community Outreach. SYV Community Outreach
will include family nutrition, veteran housing and needs,
as well as screening and assisting domestic violence
victims and their families get help and relocate if needed.

Thank you for all your past support and help in the future.
You have made such a huge difference. This is a
wonderful community of giving. We are honored to be
part of it. Please support SYV Community Outreach by
purchasing a paver or meal.

Sincerely,

Pam Gnekow
CEO

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