Gift Gathering Party @ Hydraulic Hearth | Thursday, June 27, 2019

Join us at Hydraulic Hearth on Thursday, June 27, 2019 for a Gift Gathering Party! Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary snacks at this unique happy hour event supporting FeedMore WNY’s Plate Expectations!

Admission is a donated gift valued at $25 or more, to be used as an auction item at this year’s Plate Expectations. (Suggested items include gift certificates, wine, gift baskets, vacation items, art, sports and entertainment memorabilia, or jewelry.)

RSVP by contacting Cassie Barrett at 716-852-1305 or by emailing CBarrett@foodbankwny.org!

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 5 PM – 7 PM
Location: Hydraulic Hearth –  716 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14210

Getting Better Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is critically important in maintaining physical and mental well-being. During times of sleep the body undergoes many key processes. The brain uses the time to create new neural pathways, which is why missing a night’s sleep can wreak havoc on your ability to process new data and deal with emotional stress. Episodes of sleep are also critical to balancing hormonal levels like insulin, ghrelin, and leptin; which help regulate your hunger cues and metabolism.

Sleep deficiency can negatively impact your immune system, increase your risk of obesity, and deprive the body of time needed to repair and heal blood vessels and your heart. Combined, long term effects of sleep deficiency have been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression.

Here are some strategies you can use to help you find a sound sleep each day:

  • Create a sleep schedule! Your mom was right. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day really does help you get a better night’s sleep consistently.
  • Avoid large meals and alcohol before bed. Limit consumption of heavy fatty foods and try a lighter snack like air popped popcorn or veggie slices.
  • Limit caffeine consumption from beverages like coffee, soda, energy drinks, and tea. Stick with herbal tea for a zero caffeine option.
  • Skip that late night chocolaty treat. A serving of chocolate has roughly 12 mg of caffeine. And, honestly, who has the self-control to eat just one serving of chocolaty goodness?
  • Make the last hour before bed relaxing. Turn off screens, bright lights, and loud music. And if you are too co-dependent on that technological device of yours (hey, no-judgement) make sure to turn on your device’s blue-light filter. Visible blue light contains short-wavelength, high energy light that makes the eye strain as it scatters quickly.
  • Add a plant to your bedroom. They are great for adding color and warmth, and many species can help purify the air and improve sleep quality throughout the night. Plants like English Ivy, Peace lily, and the Snake plant all thrive in low indirect light and help purify the air by releasing oxygen at night.

Elder Law Day 2019

Elder Law Day provides information to assist older adults in making informed choices about their health and financial well-being.

Join Erie County Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law and Justice at this informational session at the Millennium Hotel. The event includes legal presentations, consultations, expert advice, lunch and a raffle.

Learn more and register by visiting http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/index.php?q=feature/elder-law-day-june-6-2019

Elder Law Day
Location: Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave, CheektowagaNY) 
Date:
 June 6, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free

 

Former President & CEO Chris Procknal celebrates retirement

After six years of service with Meals on Wheels for Western New York and FeedMore WNY, Alliance Project Director Christine Procknal retired on May 3, 2019. Prior to her role as the alliance project director, Chris served as President and CEO of Meals on Wheels from October 2017 through February 2019. During her time with the organization, she also served as Chief Operations Officer and as a member of the Support Services team.

Prior to joining Meals on Wheels, Chris spent 17 years at Sitel (formerly ClientLogic) in a number of management positions including client relations, customer service, project management and acquisitions. She also was Site Director of an operations facility for inbound document and payment processing for major Fortune 500 companies. In addition, she has 14 years of experience in sales with IBM.

As a gesture of gratitude for her dedication to the organization, her former office at the FeedMore WNY James E. Casey location was re-purposed and dedicated in her honor.

We give our warmest wishes and deepest thanks to Chris for her leadership and hard work toward making our organization what it is today.

Champions for Meals 2019

Champions for Meals invites local leaders, government officials, and community celebrities to deliver meals as part of Meals on Wheels America’s #MarchForMeals. This week-long event, running from March 18-22, raises awareness of the work that Meals on Wheels programs do in towns across the country.

Media Coverage

Thank you to the following champions for joining us during this year’s event!

This page will be updated each day between March 18-22.

Erie County Legislator John Bruso

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard

Bonnie Kane Lockwood
Senior Field Representative,
Congressman Brian Higgins

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen

Erie County Commissioner of Social Services
Marie Cannon

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

Cheektowaga Councilmember Linda Hammer

Springville Mayor William Krebs

Dr. Patrick Keem, Orchard Park Supervisor and
Debbie Santiago, Orchard Park Senior Center Director

Habiba Mohamed,
WNY Regional Assistant,
Senator Gillibrand’s office

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo

West Seneca Town Councilman William Hanley

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski and
Cheektowaga Senior Center Director Kerry Peek

Office staff of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

Buffalo Common Councilman Joel Feroleto

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Legislator April Baskin

Erie County Legislator John Mills

Boston Supervisor Jason Keding

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon

Samantha Christmann – Buffalo News

Ashley Rowe – WKBW

Steve Brown – WGRZ

Gabrielle Mediak – WIVB

Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses, Sr. Buffalo Common Councilman Rasheed Wyatt
Staff of NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer Hamburg Supervisor James Shaw Lancaster Mayor William C. Schroeder Hamburg Senior Services Director Marty Denecke
Newstead Supervisor David Cummings Colden Supervisor James DePasquale

 

Help us reach our goal during WNY’s 24-Hour Day of Giving

Spring It On, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s 24-Hour Day of Giving, takes place on March 20-21, 2019!

Thanks to the support of our community and our amazing volunteers, we are able to provide more than just a meal: we deliver friendship and peace of mind. For those in need of additional help, auxiliary services are sometimes necessary. Help support these services by making a donation during Spring It On!

Build an Emergency Food Kit for one person

Our emergency food kit (EFK) program supplies at-risk clients with a box of shelf-stable food and water, to be used in the event of an emergency. Our Enhanced EFK helps our clients even more, through the delivery of a blanket, flashlight, and other safety supplies.

We plan to distribute 300 enhanced boxes next winter, and need your help to build them! A donation of $18.90 builds one enhanced EFK box.

Deliver two meals to a senior

Gifts made to our organization help offset the cost of services. The generosity of Western New Yorkers ensures that no individual in need is denied service due to the inability to contribute.

A gift of $12.68 covers the cost of producing and delivering two meals - a hot dinner and a refrigerated supper - to a neighbor in need.

Bring food to a client's pet companion

Many of our vulnerable neighbors who receive home-delivered meals live alone and rely on the companionship of their pets to provide comfort and friendship. In fact, some of our clients choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets, compromising their own health in order to provide for their companions.

Meals on Wheels supports meal recipients with companions through our AniMeals program. Twice per month, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver dog or cat food for one meal per day for a total of 14 days to program participants, eliminating a clients’ choice of feeding themselves or their pet companions.

On average, the AniMeals program feeds 30 dogs and 47 cats per month. Your support of this program helps provide for our clients' animal companions.

Make a custom donation

 

Thank you for supporting local organizations during this year’s Spring It On!

News Coverage: Meals on Wheels, Food Bank become FeedMore WNY

Bringing our organizations together to best serve Western New York is a community effort, and we’re thankful for the words of encouragement received from everyone!

Thank you to the local outlets who helped tell our story over this past week. Below, find a recap of news stories announcing FeedMore WNY.

Did you see a story that isn’t listed? Let us know by clicking here!

Food Bank, Meals on Wheels combining organizations to feed more Western New Yorkers in need

The Food Bank of Western New York, Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York announced today that they are forming a joint organization in order to tackle the root causes of hunger while better reaching underserved populations and more efficiently meeting the needs of the community. The new organization, known as FeedMore WNY, will expand on Meals on Wheels’ and the Food Bank’s current programming with plans to add new services, including child summer and afterschool feeding programs, food pantries for mobile seniors and workforce development training through the establishment of a community kitchen.

Effective immediately, Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank are operating as FeedMore WNY under a joint services agreement with a unified CEO, leadership team and staff. A single board of directors will oversee the FeedMore WNY agency and FeedMore WNY Foundation. Former Food Bank President and CEO Tara A. Ellis has been named president and CEO of FeedMore WNY. Christine Procknal, former president and CEO of Meals on Wheels, will serve as alliance project director and oversee the transition. The New York State Attorney General will need to formally approve the merger, a process which can take up to a year.

FeedMore WNY will employ more than 110 employees. No jobs were eliminated as a result of the two organizations combining operations.

“Both Meals on Wheels and the Food Bank have a longstanding tradition of working together to feed our community,” Tara A. Ellis, president & CEO of FeedMore WNY, said. “After decades of collaboration, coming together was not only a natural evolution, but the best answer to how we could make an even greater impact and touch even more lives.”

FeedMore WNY expects to distribute at least 10 percent more food to Western New Yorkers in need in its first three to five years as a unified organization. It will accomplish this through the creation of more feeding programs targeted to better reach underserved children and seniors. The organization also plans to launch culinary and warehouse training opportunities to provide hard and soft skills to individuals with high barriers to employment.

“The Food Bank and Meals on Wheels are among the most highly respected nonprofits in our community,” Jerry Sheldon, FeedMore WNY board chair, said. Sheldon previously served as chair for the Food Bank of WNY Board of Directors. “Despite their individual successes, our community still has many unmet needs. Our goal is to utilize the strength of this new alliance to attack the root causes of hunger, serve new clients and help fill unmet needs. The synergy of the two nonprofits’ missions will serve our community more efficiently and allow for the development of programs, as well as a community kitchen that neither nonprofit could do on its own.”

According to Richard A. Grimm, III, FeedMore WNY Executive Committee member and former Meals on Wheels for WNY board chair, “Meals on Wheels is thrilled about the opportunity to partner with the Food Bank. This merger will strengthen both organizations, but more importantly the Western New York community.  In particular, the people that we serve will benefit the most.”

Both organizations have dedicated teams, including staff and volunteers, who are committed to supporting the mission of helping those in need throughout the community. “We are both well-known and respected in the communities we serve and we are each financially sound,” Chris Procknal, former president and CEO of Meals on Wheels, said. Procknal will serve as alliance project director overseeing the transition. ““This is the perfect time for us to form an alliance. Together we will develop new and innovative ways to serve our communities and alleviate hunger. Together we will feed more.”

“The role of any charitable organization should be to maximize its service to the community which it serves,” David A. Smith, FeedMore WNY Executive Committee member and former Meals on Wheels of WNY Foundation chair, said.

“Nowhere is this more true than in providing food and sustenance to those unable to provide for themselves. Unfortunately, Western New York still has too many residents from children to seniors to family units in need of this basic life-sustaining requirement. It is out of this recognized, unmet need that our two organizations are coming together to more effectively provide an integrated, holistic approach to feeding those in need.”

About FeedMore WNY

FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Through its Food Bank Distribution Center and partner hunger-relief agencies, as well as its Meals on Wheels and other targeted feeding programs, FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

Fitting in Fiber

By Jennifer Klein, RD, CDN

As you may have heard, fiber is important for our digestive health, but it also provides many other benefits for our bodies. Adequate fiber intake can prevent diseases such as cancer, high cholesterol, and diabetes, while also regulating bowel movements and helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Older adults require about 25-30g of fiber daily, but many adults do not consume enough each day. It is important to consume fiber throughout the day and not all at once. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, about 6-8 cups a day, to help with the digestion of fiber.

Tips for increasing fiber Intake:

  • Add more fiber into your diet gradually
  • Choose more whole-grain foods; make half your grains ‘whole-grains’
  • Have a high-fiber breakfast – try whole grain/bran cereals or oatmeal with raisins
  • Try brown rice rather than white rice