Meals on Wheels for Western New York (MOW-WNY) serves meals to more than 3,600 homebound clients each year, helping the frail and ill elderly or disabled enjoy the highest level of independence possible. Last year alone we served more than 900,000 meals to the homebound in Erie County and an additional 250,000 to seniors mobile enough to get to a congregate site.

Meals on Wheels for WNY will once again be sharing the meal delivery experience with government officials and local celebrities through our “Champions for Meals” event.

Champions for Meals will take place March 21 – 25, 2016 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. each day.

Each day, local celebrities will deliver meals throughout WNY in support of the work that Meals on Wheels for WNY does.  We will have alumni from the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills, as well as government officials – including the Mayor of Buffalo, Erie County legislators, Buffalo Common Council members, and town and village officials.

Meals will be delivered between 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 pm out of MOW-WNY’s 25 sites in Erie County. The exact time is dependent on the site. These sites range from Clarence in the north towns all the way south to Angola and Sardinia.

This year, the following champions are participating:


•Staff from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office


•Staff from NY Senator Patrick Gallivan’s office

•Staff from NY Senator Michael Ranzenhofer’s office


•Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon

•Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo

•Erie County Legislator Ted Morton

•Erie County Legislator Peter Savage

•Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard


•Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

•Buffalo City Comptroller Mark Schroeder

•Common Councilman Joel Feroleto

•Common Councilman Richard Fontana

•Common Councilman David Rivera

•Common Councilman Christopher Scanlon


•Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski

•East Aurora Supervisor James Bach

•Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers

•Evans Supervisor Mary Hosler

•Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters

•Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses

•Hamburg Councilman Michael Quinn

•Hamburg Director of Youth, Recreation & Senior Services Marty Denecke

•Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem


•Buffalo Bills Alumni Booker Edgerson

•Buffalo Bills Alumni Jeff Nixon

•Buffalo Bills Alumni Lou Piccone

•Buffalo Bills Alumni Ed Rutkowski

•Buffalo Sabres Alumni Craig Muni

•Buffalo Sabres Alumni Ric Seiling

•Buffalo Sabres Alumni Darryl Shannon

•Buffalo Sabres Alumni Derek Smith

•Oishei Foundation’s Craig Robbins and daughter Claire

“Champions for Meals is always an exciting event, with a wide array of different community supporters able to participate each year,” Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President, said.  “It’s a great chance for our advocates to show their support of the work Meals on Wheels does and for our clients to meet some local celebrities!”

Photos of this year’s participants