The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York, Inc. held a press conference on Thursday to announce a $151,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation. This generous gift provides Meals on Wheels the means to purchase and install four new combi ovens in our Western New York commissary.
“One of Walmart’s main goals is to assist local causes that can change lives. Meals on Wheels continues to feed thousands of Western New Yorkers who otherwise might go hungry. We are very excited about the work they do and hope to continue the relationship moving forward,” Mike Judd, Walmart Market Manager, said.
Preparing more than 2,800 hot meals per weekday, this state-of-the-art equipment increases efficiency. More importantly, the new equipment will help the organization to better ensure food temperature and safety regulations for its vulnerable population. These meals help to feed home-delivered and congregate dining site clients throughout Erie County.
Chris Procknal, Interim President and CEO for Meals on Wheels of Western New York offered an anecdote during the conference, showing just how important this donation is: “When I asked Paul, our general manager of the commissary, ‘how valuable is that equipment to us?’, he said ‘Chris, we prepare over 90% of the food in those ovens.’ So that shows you how valuable it is to our 3,400 home-delivered meal clients that we service a year.”
Thank you to the Walmart Foundation for their generous donation toward our mission.
Photo: From left to right, Bryan Bollman from Councilman Rich Fontana’s Office; Tim Hogues, Commissioner, Erie County Senior Services; Chris Lazarou, North Tonawanda Store Manager; Brandi Mumau, Walmart Store Co-Manager; Hope Reitz, Walmart Market HR Manager; NYS Assemblyman Michael Kearns; Tracey LoGrasso, Walmart Market Assistant; Chris Procknal, Interim President and CEO, Meals on Wheels for WNY