Charity event supports Meals on Wheels

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nearly 400 people had steak for lunch Wednesday, in hopes that some seniors could have hot meals the rest of the year.

Along with their usual Meal on Wheels routes, volunteers and staffers delivered 387 steak meals, provided by Outback Steakhouse in Suwanee, to raise funds for Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services.

The Outback at Work Charity lunch, which cost $15 per meal for delivery to businesses, will help subsidize the more than 160,000 home-delivered and congregate meals served by the county program each year. The event, which is in its 14th year, has garnered more than $115,000 for the program, which has about 140 seniors on its waiting list, said spokeswoman Melanie Miller.

"We really appreciate this wonderful sustained public-private partnership with Suwanee Outback Steakhouse," said Gary Galloway, the resource and marketing coordinator for the county program. "Their ongoing community outreach for 14 years has raised funds to provide home-delivered meals service for hundreds of Gwinnett seniors.

"Everybody wins: local businesses commit to buying the charity lunches, the Outback staff volunteers their time to prepare the meals, and volunteers deliver to worksites," Galloway said. "This is a great event for a great cause."