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WesleyLife receives $500K Prairie Meadows grant for Meals on Wheels campus


WesleyLife has received a $500,000 Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant that will assist the organization in transforming a building in the Drake University neighborhood of Des Moines into a new Meals on Wheels campus, a project recently announced by the nonprofit organization. “We’re honored to receive this generous gift and grateful that Prairie Meadows is supporting this effort in such a meaningful way,” said Sophia Ahmad, vice president of philanthropy for WesleyLife. The grant, which is a contribution to WesleyLife’s $8.25 million capital campaign for the project, has been earmarked for the creation of a hydroponic garden inside the new space at 3206 University Ave. The garden, which will be named in honor of Prairie Meadows, will grow fresh produce to add to the nutritional value of the 3,000 meals that will be prepared daily on the new campus. “Developing the new campus will allow us to triple meal capacity and offer programming to combat isolation in older adults and military veterans of all ages,” Ahmad said. “The legacy grant makes a tremendous difference in our ability to serve these deserving populations.”

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