Beginning January 1, 2014, Meals on Wheels for WNY will be expanding its service area to include the geography currently covered by Southtowns Meals on Wheels – including Boston, Colden, Concord, Holland and Sardinia.
As a result of the RFP process managed earlier this year by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Erie County has requested this increase in service area to ensure seniors’ needs are being met and that every senior in need continues to receive two healthy meals and a friendly visit each day.
Meals on Wheels for WNY staff are working in concert with community leaders and current coordinators in the Southern Tier to ensure a seamless transition in service. It is important to note that:
•Participants do not need to re-register. The meals that participants get today will continue at the same frequency they are currently delivered as of January 2, 2014
•Meals on Wheels for WNY will continue to serve two meals per day (a hot lunch and cold supper, delivered together at mid-day)
•All townships that are currently served by Southtowns Meals on Wheels will be served by Meals on Wheels for WNY beginning in 2014
•Meals on Wheels for WNY offers five diets, including diabetic and renal. Participants who receive a special diet today will receive the same diet after the transition
•Meals on Wheels for WNY asks clients for a voluntary contribution. However, as with the current Southtowns MOW program, no qualifying individual is turned away due to an inability to contribute toward meals
•Meals on Wheels for WNY provides a daily well-being check with volunteers reporting concerns to the Social Word department, which then works with caregivers and emergency personnel as needed to help ensure safety
“The size of our program and the fact that we have a specific fundraising arm helps us absorb the extra program costs and guarantee two meal delivery to those in need,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said. “This will be beneficial to the clients because they will still receive adequate nutrition. Caregivers will benefit even more than they do today because of our daily well-being check. And, this also will be beneficial to the taxpayers as it costs us about $2,600 to feed a senior for a year (only part of which comes from government funding), whereas a skilled nursing facility averages more than $100,000 per year.”