SOURCE: Harrah's Foundation

Harrah's Foundation

November 21, 2009 11:59 ET

Harrah's Foundation Donates Meal Delivery Truck to Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia

Meals on Wheels Dedicates 'Harrah's Institute for Volunteer Management' Program

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - November 21, 2009) - Dedicated to eradicating hunger among the six million at risk seniors, the Harrah's Foundation donated a meal delivery truck to Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia. This marks the 38th meal delivery truck donated to Meals on Wheels organizations across the country. In recognition of the more than $5 million donated by the Harrah's Foundation, the largest corporate sponsor of the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), the Alexandria based organization renamed their volunteer program within the National Center for Nutrition Leadership, "The Harrah's Institute for Volunteer Management."

"The 38 meal delivery trucks and thousands of employee volunteers from Harrah's have enabled Meals on Wheels to deliver millions of meals to seniors across the country," said Enid Borden, president and chief executive officer of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. "This vehicle donation comes at a time when a majority of Meals On Wheels programs across the country are significantly impacted by the loss of funding and fewer volunteers. We appreciate Harrah's unwavering support."

"Especially in today's challenging economic environment it is important to Harrah's Entertainment that we maintain our support of organizations that improve the quality of life for seniors in our communities," said Jan Jones, senior vice president of government affairs and communications, Harrah's Entertainment. "I challenge my colleagues in corporate America to join Harrah's in the Corporate Response to Senior Hunger program developed by Meals on Wheels; together we can eliminate senior hunger."

This van donation is on the heels of the ground breaking, senior hunger study presented on Capitol Hill. The study is a state-by-state analysis of senior hunger revealed the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger is increasing with seniors in the South experiencing the greatest risk of going hungry. Although each state has at risk seniors, the bottom ten states with the most at risk seniors include (in order from highest to lowest risk): Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

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ABOUT THE HARRAH'S FOUNDATION

The Harrah's Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) foundation established to provide financial support to qualified organizations in communities where Harrah's employees live and work. Established in 2002, the Harrah's Foundation is funded by Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., portfolio of properties and supports social reinvestment programs by funding eligible 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to seniors, education and civic programs. Since its formation, the Harrah's Foundation has committed $70 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. More information is available at http://www.harrahsfoundation.com.

ABOUT HARRAH'S ENTERTAINMENT

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 70 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions, and now owns or manages casinos on four continents. The Company's properties operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names; Harrah's also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos and the World Series of Poker®. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Harrah's is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit http://www.harrahs.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jacqueline Peterson
    Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
    (702) 494-4829