Support FeedMore WNY’s Meals on Wheels program by ordering a holiday wreath or centerpiece! Your wreath purchase helps provide holiday meals to those celebrating the season alone. Choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and centerpieces to deck your halls.
Orders are due November 26, 2019. Paper order forms are available by clicking here.
Wreath pick ups will be December 6 and 7, 2019 at three convenient pickup locations!
FeedMore WNY – Friday, December 6, 2019
91 Holt St
Buffalo, NY 14206
noon to 6 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church – Saturday, December 7, 2019
4536 S. Buffalo St
Orchard Park, NY 14127
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Clarence Senior Center – Saturday, December 7, 2019
4600 Thompson Rd
Clarence, NY 14031
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
November 17 – December 8
Patrons of all Dash’s Market locations will have the option to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation at checkout, benefiting the Meals on Wheels program of FeedMore WNY. This is the ninth year for the Step Up to the Plate partnership. The fundraiser has generated more than $66,000 in donations for the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York.
Thank you to Dash’s Market for supporting FeedMore WNY throughout the holiday season!
Dash’s locations throughout Western New York:
- North Buffalo / Hertel – 1770 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
- Kenmore / Tonawanda – 1210 Colvin Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14217
- Clarence / Lancaster – 8845 Main St., Clarence, NY 14221
- East Amherst / Williamsville – 499 West Klein Rd., Buffalo, NY 14221
Beginning October 28, 2019, FeedMore WNY will be expanding its home-delivered meal services to include the geography currently covered by Lockport Meals on Wheels.
The Board of Directors of the Lockport Meals on Wheels recently voted to join forces with FeedMore WNY. FeedMore WNY is working closely with the current team at Lockport Meals on Wheels to ensure a seamless transition in service.
“Lockport Meals on Wheels is pleased to join forces with FeedMore WNY,” Maureen Wendt, chair of the Board of Directors for Lockport Meals on Wheels, said. “The health and well-being of our Lockport Meals on Wheels clients has always been our top priority. We are confident that this step forward will greatly benefit our homebound neighbors who rely on our services. We believe that our clients will be excited to benefit from all that FeedMore WNY has to offer.”
It is important to note that:
- Participants do not need to re-register; meal service for current participants will continue seamlessly.
- FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal program offers six therapeutic diets to fit the diverse needs of its clients. The diets include a regular, low/fat, low/sodium option; a renal diet; a bland diet; a calorie-controlled diet designed to help people living with diabetes; a ground diet; and an avoiding gluten diet. Participants who receive a special diet today will receive the same diet after the transition. FeedMore WNY’s team of registered dieticians works closely with clients to ensure their dietary needs are being met.
- FeedMore WNY provides a daily well-being check with volunteers reporting concerns to the Social Work department, which then works with caregivers and emergency personnel as needed to help ensure safety.
- For the first time ever, Lockport’s home-delivered meal clients also will receive new perks, including access to FeedMore WNY’s angel card and birthday gift programs, AniMeals program for clients with pet companions and emergency food kits.
With this expansion in service, FeedMore WNY will prepare and deliver an additional 7,000 meals annually through its home-delivered meal program. In 2018, FeedMore WNY provided nearly 867,000 nutritious meals to homebound neighbors in need through this program.
FeedMore WNY is the new nonprofit organization created by the alliance of Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Food Bank of Western New York. The two organizations joined forces in February 2019 in order to better reach underserved populations and more efficiently meet the needs of the community.
“We are thrilled to expand our home-delivered meal program to benefit our homebound neighbors in the City of Lockport,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY, said. “This expansion will benefit clients, as they will be able to take advantage of our six specialized diets and our team of registered dieticians who are dedicated to improving the health of our clients. Our Social Work Team will be able to offer a safety net to caregivers as they work to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients. We look forward to this opportunity to provide nutritious meals, compassionate care and friendship to our Lockport neighbors in need.”
| November 19 – 26, 2019 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital |
The 14th Annual 97 Rock Operation: Rock Out Hunger, will be held from Tuesday, November 19 through Tuesday, November 26. The event will take place in the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital parking lot, hosted by Kaleida Health.
97 Rock’s DJ Jickster will live on a FeedMore WNY trailer for an entire week as he collects donations of frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items and funds to feed families in need this holiday season and beyond. Join us in our efforts to fight hunger by donating, volunteering, or stopping by to visit DJ Jickster!
Event sponsored by 97 Rock and Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
For drop-off times and volunteer information, please click here.
For a donation of $2, $3 or $5 at the checkout of participating retailers, you can help us provide food for those in need. The proceeds from this annual campaign fund FeedMore WNY’s ongoing programs and services.
Click here for a list of currently participating retail locations.
| December 6, 2019 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. |
Food 2 Families is WGRZ-TV Channel 2, Tops Friendly Markets and Townsquare Media’s annual outdoor food drive that brings out the WNY community to support our fellow neighbors in need. Little Brown Bags of Hope to benefit Food 2 Families and our Food Bank program will be sold at local Tops stores from November 24 through December 28. Donations as part of Food 2 Families support FeedMore WNY’s Food Bank program.
Please consider supporting Food 2 Families by volunteering with us! Volunteer shifts are available at the following Tops Friendly Markets locations:
- 3980 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226
- 2101 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207
- 4777 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
- 6150 South Park Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075
- 5827 S Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094
- 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
By Kate Kane, RDN, CDN
Incorporating good nutrition into one’s daily routine plays an important role in the healthy aging process. Well-balanced nutrition can positively impact healing outcomes, prevent infections, and help maintain physical strength and independence. When an older adult is battling chronic health conditions, they are at an even greater risk for malnutrition, which can lead to an increase in medical complications and may heighten the possibility of hospital re-admissions down the road.
So what does malnutrition look like? Oftentimes it’s not as obvious to detect as you might think. Since malnutrition is simply being in a state of improper nutrition, which may be caused by limited access to healthful foods or the inability to properly absorb nutrients from one’s diet, many malnourished people do not appear thin or underweight. This is why it is important to pay attention to your loved ones’ eating habits and to be aware of any changes in medications that may affect appetite and nutrient absorption.
Some symptoms that may indicate malnutrition can often appear as usual signs of aging. These symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Eating only small amounts of meals
- Unplanned weight loss
- Swelling or the accumulation of fluid
Simple ways to combat malnutrition include:
- Eating nutrient dense foods such as ripe fruits and vegetables.
- Consuming quality protein sources like peanut butter and whole grain toast and crackers, including an extra egg white in omelets or scrambled eggs, adding quinoa to salads and soups, using whole milk instead of 1%.
- Spicing up bland meals for those on dietary restrictions with the use of healthful herbs and seasonings.
- Consuming protein rich snacks throughout the day like nuts, yogurt, or cheese varieties. Using a creamy peanut butter or softer nuts like walnuts may help eliminate chewing issues.
- Buying dry and canned goods in bulk to save money and the need for trips to the grocery store.
- Making use of community programs that support food insecure individuals, such as Meals on Wheels and grocery store delivery services.
If you suspect you or your loved one is at risk for or showing signs of malnutrition reach out to your medical provider and request a nutrition screening at your next appointment, or request a referral to a registered dietitian.
“September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.”
Raise awareness about hunger in our community and promote access to healthy food by getting involved in Hunger Action Month:
- Learn more about advocating on behalf of our neighbors in need by visiting our Advocacy page.
- Protect SNAP by adding your comment about proposed rule changes. Visit Feeding America’s comment form to share your opinion.
- Tell others how you will help to end hunger by “Passing the Plate” to friends and family. Learn more by clicking here.
- On Monday, September 16, 2019, the Peace Bridge will be lit orange from dusk to 1:00 a.m.!
- On Monday, September 16, 2019, Niagara Falls will light up in orange between 10:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. (lighting conditions may affect the start time). Thank you to the Niagara Falls Illumination Board for helping us recognize Hunger Action Month!
- Read the proclamation from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, declaring September 2019 as “Hunger Action Month!”
FeedMore WNY is once again a beneficiary of the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Stop by Sahlen Field on Labor Day Weekend to enjoy an afternoon full of Buffalo’s favorite food!
Volunteers are needed to help us at this year’s event:
- Friday, August 30, 2019 in the morning to help set up the event.
- Saturday, August 31, 2019 between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m to run the food ticket tent. (3-4 hour shifts available)
- Sunday, September 1, 2019 between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m to run the food ticket tent. (3-4 hour shifts are available)
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Gaelyn Clay-Adams at email@example.com. or (716) 852-1305 ext. 3099