Clarien Bank Donates $15K To Meals On Wheels

January 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

A local charity providing nutritious meals to needy individuals on the Island has been given a much-needed hand up thanks to Clarien Bank.

Through their 13th Annual Holiday GiveBack Campaign, Clarien was able to donate $15,000 to Meals on Wheels, a not-for-profit organisation that prepares freshly cooked meals for those unable to cook for themselves, such as the sick, elderly and disabled.

Since 2010, Clarien Bank’s Holiday GiveBack campaign has raised more than $100,000 for the charity.

Michael DeCouto, Clarien’s Chief Digital & Marketing Officer; Jason Powell Meals on Wheels’ Vice President; and Ian Truran, Clarien’s CEO

Clarien Bank Donates To Meals On Wheels Bermuda Jan 2020

Each December, the bank encourages its clients, employees and the general public to celebrate the season of giving by making donations in honour of Meals on Wheels. This number [up to capped amount] is matched by the Clarien Foundation.

Michael DeCouto, Clarien’s EVP, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, said: “It’s our honour to start off this new year, and new decade, by making a sizeable donation to Meals on Wheels.

“Clarien has been a long standing partner of this incredible charity and understand the important role they play in our community. As more and more families and individuals are struggling to feed themselves on a regular basis, Meals on Wheels is just one of the dedicated organisations working with those in our community who are most in need.”

Peter Smith, Meals on Wheels’ President, said: “We would like to express our sincere thanks for the support that Clarien offers every year to those in our community who are unable to prepare a meal on their own.

“During 2019, we saw a steady increase in those coming to us for meals and it is noticeable that the cost of supplying meals to those who can’t afford to pay is now almost $150,000. The funds so generously donated and matched by Clarien go towards making it possible for us to waive fees for this growing number of needy individuals.”

Founded in 1976, Meals on Wheels prepares between 200 and 220 meals to people in need, four days a week, delivering them straight to their home. Their clients are the homebound, disabled and elderly of the community.

According to Mr Smith, Bermuda’s increasing senior population was reflected in those who come to the charity for help, with over 50% of meal recipients being over 80-years-old and two thirds of recipients having a chronic illness.

He encouraged the community to continue to support the charity through financial donations, and even more importantly by volunteering their time throughout 2020. “Every day we serve a meal we need 45 volunteers – we just can’t do it without you,” he explained. “The charity sector is struggling to address the increase in need against the shrinking pool of volunteers and charitable dollars, so any help is greatly appreciated.”

For more information about The Clarien Foundation, visit www.clarienbank.com.

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