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Big John's Market donates $12,000. to Meals on Wheels

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Big John's Market donates $12,000. to Meals on Wheels

Big John’s Market in Healdsburg recently sponsored, for the fourth consecutive year, its “Feed a Senior” campaign, with proceeds benefiting Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program. Over a three-week period in November and December, customers contributed $6,071.77, with John and Kim Lloyd, owners of Big John’s, matching the amount raised, bringing the total donation to $12,143.54.

“We are grateful for the support that the Lloyds and Big John’s customers have shown Council on Aging over the years, and the assistance they have provided to hungry seniors in our community through Meals on Wheels,” said Marrianne McBride, President and CEO of COA.

The Lloyds first became involved with Council on Aging in 2009 when Board member John Reyes talked to them about the MOW program. “Through John and  Marrianne, we became aware of how many homebound seniors don’t have regular access to nutritious meals in Sonoma County,” said Kim Lloyd. “We wanted to help meet that need.”

The Meals on Wheels program provides about 300,000 meals to homebound seniors in Sonoma County every year.  The Lloyds have also helped support the MOW program through purchase of auction items at the Meals on Wheels Derby Day, a fundraiser hosted each May by Council on Aging.

Bog John's Market owners with Council on Aging staff

Pictured are: Laura Colgate, COA Director of Senior Nutrition Services; COA Board Treasurer John Reyes; Kim Lloyd; John Lloyd; and Marrianne McBride, COA President and CEO.

Council on Aging, Sonoma County

Council on Aging Services for Seniors is a private 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which has been providing Legal , Financial, Social and Nutritional services for our aging population since 1966. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for our aging community by providing services that promote well-being and continued independence.. 

Meals on Wheels is a program of the Council on Aging Services for Seniors, which distributes no or low cost healthy meals to seniors in Sonoma and Marin Counties with the exception of Penngrove and Petaluma.  With only 38% of our annual budget provided by State and Federal funding under the Older Americans Act., the balance of funding needed each year is generated through donations from clients and the general public, fundraising events, and grants.