Meals On Wheels

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Meals on Wheels for Western New York wants to deliver to even more older adults to keep them home and safe due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

 

There’s just one problem.

 

Many Meals on Wheels delivery volunteers are older adults themselves, meaning they may be just as likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 as the seniors they’re trying to protect. 

 


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Erie County will suspend many of its older adult programs, including congregate dining at senior centers, to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.

 

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For the last few years, retired West Seneca teachers have helped fill backpacks with items like cereal bars and cans of tuna fish for the Food Bank of Western New York. The Food Bank program helps tide over about 3,500 disadvantaged kids during the weekends they’re without free school lunch and breakfast.

 

The teachers now do this under the name of FeedMore Western New York, after the Food Bank merged with Meals on Wheels for Western New York.

 


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Meals on Wheels provides older adults with nutritious meals and some socialization all year around, but those services are especially crucial during the holiday season and winter months when seniors living alone may feel particularly isolated and lonely. Here WBFO gives a behind-the-scenes look at Meals on Wheels deliveries during the holidays.

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The Food Bank of Western New York, Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York have joined forces to form a joint organization called FeedMore WNY. WBFO's Mark Wozniak spoke with FeedMore president and CEO Tara Ellis about the unification.


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More than 3,000 holiday meals were delivered to the elderly, impoverished, and those who can’t venture out for themselves. It’s usually the kind of job done by Western New York’s Meals on Wheels volunteers. But on Christmas day, they got a break from the Buffalo City Mission.

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First it was the fiscal cliff -- now the buzz word is sequestration.  Congress and the President are working against a March First deadline to stop the sequester.

Riding a Meals On Wheels route in Buffalo

Aug 8, 2012
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Meals On Wheels of Western New York is on pace this year to serve 900,000 meals and the need continues to grow. 

The program was founded in 1969.  The first round of meals was delivered to 25 residents on Buffalo's West Side and that's where WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley recently traveled as she road along with a longtime Meals on Wheels volunteer who serves elderly West Side residents.

Just before  the noon hour at the Richmond Summer Senior Center in Buffalo Meals on Wheels volunteers are busy preparing to deliver a round of meals to area seniors and the homebound.