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Grants fund Meals on Wheels truck

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.

The nonprofit Senior Connections has received more than $30,000 in grants to buy and retrofit a compressed natural gas delivery vehicle for its Meals on Wheels program.

The $25,000 grant from the Rich Foundation Inc. and $5,300 grant from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia will fund the purchase of a CNG vehicle to deliver meals in metro Atlanta and Middle Georgia.

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Debra Furtado

Debra Furtado, the nonprofit’s CEO, said the new vehicle will be more cost-effective.

“With a new fuel-efficient and eco-friendly truck, we will be able to lower our fuel and maintenance costs as well as increase the program’s overall efficiency,” she said.

“In return, those savings will allow us to provide additional meals for hundreds of seniors who are on our waiting list.”

The U.S. Department of Energy says that compressed natural gas, primarily methane stored at high pressure, is one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuels and is less expensive than gasoline.

For more information, visit www.seniorconnectionsatl.org.