Big Meals on Wheels Event Set for Sunday

What: Alameda Meals on Wheels Community Faire & Wine Tasting
When: 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 21
Where: Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St.
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 per person
Info: 510-865-6131 or www.alamedamealsonwheels.org

Alameda residents and others are invited to attend Alameda Meals on Wheels’17th-annual Community Faire & Wine Tasting on Sunday at Rock Wall Wine Company tomorrow afternoon.

“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 community program is celebrating 40 years of service on the Island. The group’s leaders and volunteers hope as many supporters as possible will turn out to support the cause during the event.

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.

Sunday’s fun-filled Alameda Point gathering 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, like 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 non-profit organizations will share information about their serves. Bike parking will be available, too.

Support for this community event comes from 23 local and national businesses, like 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 on 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.

Janet Levaux