ALAMEDA -- Alameda Meals on Wheels is celebrating 40 years of community service and as part of the anniversary will host its 17th annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting on Sunday at Rock Wall Wine Company.
"We are so proud to host this community celebration as a way of giving thanks to all our supporters," said Mark Sorensen, president of the board of Alameda Meals on Wheels. "There will be a huge jump house, a hook-and-ladder fire truck and Gus Wedemeyer's 3 O'Clock Jump Big Band."
The fun-filled Alameda Point event also will feature award-winning California wines from 18 vintners such as Rock Wall, R&B Cellars and Rosenblum Cellars, along with edible treats from 20 local restaurants and retailers such as Asena, C'Era Una Volta, Gold Coast Grill and Pappo. Plus, Tucker's Supercreamed Ice Cream is supplying its specialty fare with Zinfandel and other flavors.
In addition, there will be a raffle for $1,000 in cash and "a wonderful silent auction," according to Sorensen. Children's activities will be provided by Backyard Carnivals, and several Alameda-based nonprofit organizations will share information about their services. Bike parking will be available, too.
Support for this community event comes from 23 local and national businesses, including the Bank of Alameda, Bay Ship & Yacht, Cardinal Point at Mariner Square, Catellus Development Group, Greer Family Mortuary, Mason Management OMM Inc., Perforce Software, South Shore Center and Wind River Systems.
Alameda Meals on Wheels, which was honored by a city proclamation July 2, began serving the community on Sept. 17, 1973, and serves about 200 residents in need of hot daily meals. The group set up the Alameda Friendly Visitors program in 2004 to provide weekly visits to more than 75 homebound residents living alone.
It has about 150 dedicated volunteers, Sorensen says, including Doreen McAfee, who has been delivering meals for more than 39 years. Rosemary Reilly is head of Alameda's Meals on Wheels program, while Kathy Mirando heads up the Friendly Visitors project.
Meals, including those for diabetics and others on restricted diets, are prepared at the Bay View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Willow Street.
"We have a wonderful relationship with Bay View and they are very, very accommodating," Sorensen said.
The program receives no federal or state funding and more than half of its recipients are unable to pay for their meals. Though it receives regular donations from corporations like GM Associates of Oakland and groups such as Alameda County Meals on Wheels, the organization lets recipients pay for meals on a sliding scale, leaving it with a monthly deficit of about $15,000.
Thus, donations at its annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting are much appreciated, according to Sorensen. To volunteer or contribute to Alameda Meals on Wheels in other ways, call 510-865-6131.
What: Alameda Meals on Wheels Community Faire & Wine Tasting
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St.
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person
Infomation: 510-865-6131 or www.alamedamealsonwheels.org