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Slicing away at senior hunger

Uno's fundraiser among Tri-Valley Inc. efforts

Uno’s Coordinator of Fundraising Tara Martel and branch manager Bob Goldsnider prepared the bar before the dinner rush at the Sturbridge location Wednesday. The restaurant hosted a Tri-Valley fundraiser that night to benefit its Meals on Wheels program. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
March 24, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Who doesn't love pizza?

On Wednesday, March 24 people looking for a good bite to eat had the opportunity to have some pizza in support of Meals on Wheels.

March has traditionally been the biggest fundraising month of the year for the home delivery service, which brings prepared meals to elderly citizens every day.

Tri-Valley Inc., which is in charge of Meals on Wheels locally, sponsored a fundraising event at Uno's Chicago Grill in the Center at Hobb's Brook in Sturbridge as part of the March for Meals campaign, a nationwide effort to raise money needed to continue feeding hungry seniors. Twenty percent of the money raised from patrons with special event coupons was donated to Tri-Valley.

"It's a national campaign that was started by the Meals on Wheels Association of American," said Tri-Valley Nutrition Director Carol Muschler. "The purpose is to raise awareness about our programs, to help us to gather new volunteers to deliver meals and to help us solicit donations."

Tri-Valley encompasses more than 20 southern Worcester County municipalities, having given out more than 300,000 in 2009.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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