On Friday, August 2, 2013, Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW-WNY) delivered its 500,000th meal for 2013. This meal – a delicious breaded fish with ratatouille – was delivered to a client in South Buffalo.
MOW-WNY provides home-delivered meals to more than 3,500 homebound elderly and disabled individuals each year with the assistance of more than 1,500 volunteers and donations from a wide variety of sources, including the community. The organization serves more than 900,000 meals each year to the homebound, in addition to 300,000 meals to mobile seniors at local senior centers.
“We’re very proud to be able to efficiently meet the need in the local community and to help our homebound seniors age in place with dignity and independence,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, said, “Our nutritious meals, combined with the social well-being check and companionship provided by volunteers, are crucial in enabling seniors to remain in their homes and in alleviating the burden on assisted living centers.”
No qualifying individual is turned away due to an inability to contribute toward the cost of meals. As such, MOW-WNY would not be able to provide nutritious food and crucial companionship to the homebound without the support of the entire WNY community. Volunteers, donors and other supports are always needed.