Initiatives for a Stronger Community – Erie County Survey

Erie County government is looking for feedback on the best ways to improve its health and human services programs. They will use the information from this survey to create their Initiatives for a Stronger Community Plan 2.0. This will be a successor of the original Initiatives for a Stronger Community Plan, released in 2015.

The new plan will be broken into three sections: Supporting our Seniors, Giving Every Child a Chance and Empowering Working Families. Each initiative will have several goals that County officials are working to reach.

Please help us by completing THIS SURVEY and sharing your thoughts and experiences with our Erie County government officials.

This survey will be available until February 20, 2019. Those who complete the survey will have the option to enter to win a raffle for a $100 gift card.

All information submitted is confidential.

Five ways to volunteer with Meals on Wheels in 2019

We’d love to have you volunteer with us! Here are a few ways you can get involved this year.

Deliver meals

One hour can make a difference. Volunteer as often as you’d like at one of our 25 delivery sites. Volunteering is a great opportunity for retirees, college students, business professionals, teachers, shift workers, stay-at-home moms and dads, church groups and others.

To learn more about bringing food and friendship to your neighbors, click here.

Deliver alongside your coworkers or community organization

Our Adopt-A-Route program is the perfect way to have your company or organization give back to the community. Join more than 80 local organizations who share their time delivering meals to elderly neighbors in the community. The program fits the needs of each organization – deliver as little as once a month, or every day! Learn more here.

Become an office volunteer

Office volunteers help in a variety of ways. We’re always looking for dedicated individuals to help us answer phone calls, welcome guests, and assist on projects. Shifts are available from 8 am – 12 pm, 12 pm – 4 pm or 8 am – 4 pm. Volunteers also are needed to assist in the office with a myriad of tasks such as filing, stuffing envelopes, and setting up for events.  Learn more about volunteering here.

Volunteer your voice

If Meals on Wheels has played a role in your life, or in the life of a loved one, we would love to hear your story.

Share your unique Meals on Wheels story with us.

Volunteer at special events

We have several special events throughout the year, including our annual Plate Expectations gala. Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about calls for volunteers for these special events.

 

Thank you for your support!

Have questions about how to volunteer? Contact Ashley at 716.822.2002 x21 or by email at ayerdon@mealsonwheelswny.org

The Benefits of Tea

Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN

Winter can get pretty chilly here in Western New York and one great way to keep warm is by making yourself a cup of hot tea.

In addition to being a soothing beverage, regular tea consumption may help have some health benefits as well. Tea contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant which can help protect your body from damage. One of the health benefits linked to tea is with cardiovascular health. Studies have shown regular consumption of tea may reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also help lower LDL cholesterol, often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Green tea has also been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

In addition to these health benefits, unflavored tea is naturally low in calories and has no added sugar. This can help promote weight loss especially when used to replace high calorie and sugary beverages.

Be sure to keep some tea handy this winter as a healthy way to warm up your morning!

“Step Up to the Plate” fundraiser at Dash’s Market raises $5,804 for Meals on Wheels Foundation

Our annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser at Dash’s Market was a success!

Patrons of all Dash’s Market locations had the option to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation at checkout, benefiting the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York. This year, the four-week event raised $5,804.

This is the eighth year for the Step Up to the Plate partnership. Launched in 2011, the fundraiser has generated more than $56,000 in donations for the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York.  In 2017, Dash’s Market shoppers helped raise more than $6,100 for our program.

Thank you to Dash’s Market for supporting Meals on Wheels throughout the holiday season!

Happy and Healthy Holidays

By Jennifer Klein, RD, CDN

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! As the holidays are quickly approaching, it’s important to remember to keep yourself healthy through all the hustle and bustle. Here are four suggestions for maintaining healthy weight and being safe this holiday season:

Even though it’s a special occasion, you can still make healthy choices:

  • Bring a healthy dish to pass
  • Pile your plate with mostly vegetables and lean protein (avoid skin and trim fat off)
  • Limit sweets or choose fruit instead
  • Limit alcohol consumption; try having a glass of water between alcoholic beverages
  • Enjoy smaller portions of dishes loaded with butter or cheese including but not limited to casseroles, sauces, gravies, potatoes, etc.
  • Savor each bite, chew slowly, and stop eating when you feel full
  • Use leftovers to make a salad or soup
  • Don’t skip a meal!

Make some simple substitutions to your traditional holiday recipes:

  • Opt for Canola oil instead of butter OR use applesauce or a mashed banana instead of oil
  • Bake with half of the amount of sugar a recipe calls for
  • Use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream
  • Use spices and herbs instead of salt

Handle and prepare food safely:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Cook food to proper temperatures
  • Refrigerate food immediately
  • Do not leave perishables out for more than two hours
  • Consume leftovers within 3-4 days

Stay active this winter with seasonal activities (remember to dress warm and wear many layers):

  • Walk around the neighborhood or a local park to gaze at the festive holiday decorations
  • Dance to holiday music with your family and friends
  • Build a snowman on your front lawn
  • Visit local places such as Canalside, Niagara Falls, or the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
  • Curling
  • Ice skating
  • Sledding
  • Skiing

Most importantly, spend time with family, friends, neighbors, and other loved ones as you enjoy your holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Forever Young names Meals on Wheels for WNY “Favorite Volunteer Opportunity”

Forever Young, Western New York’s longest-running senior publication, has named Meals on Wheels for Western New York their “Favorite Volunteer Opportunity” as part of their 2018 Forever Young Favs. Each award in this year’s list were selected as the result of surveys completed by Forever Young readers throughout the year.

See the full list on Forever Young’s website here.

Thank you to Forever Young and to everyone who voted for our organization in this year’s list!

M. A. Laurie Jewelers holds “Share the Shine” fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels

On December 3 and 4, 2018, M.A. Laurie Jewelers is holding an in-store fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels. During the “Share the Shine” event, 10% of all sales will be donated to the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York. Refreshments will be served.

Patrons also can enter in a sweepstakes for a pair of one carat diamond stud earrings.

Thank you to M. A. Laurie Jewelers for supporting our organization through this event!

Learn more by visiting their Facebook event page!

Wreaths on Wheels Pick-up Locations (November 30 – December 1, 2018)

Thank you to everyone who ordered wreaths as part of our annual wreath sale fundraiser! Pick-up times and locations can be found below.

Friday, November 30th – Noon to 6pm
Meals on Wheels for WNY
100 James E. Casey Drive
Buffalo, NY 14206

Saturday, December 1st – 8am to 11am
St. John’s Lutheran Church
4536 S. Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Saturday, December 1st – 10am to 12pm
Clarence Senior Center
4600 Thompson Road
Clarence, NY 14031

If you have questions regarding your wreath purchase, please contact Lauren at 822.2002 x42.

Giving Tuesday and #NYGivesDay 2018

We’re thankful for the support of our community each and every year. After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are over, consider supporting our program by making a donation or by starting a fundraiser of your own!

This year’s Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018!

Make a donation on #GivingTuesday

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York prepared and delivered more than 898,000 home-delivered meals in 2017. By supporting Meals on Wheels with a donation, you help us meet the growing need for services in our community.

You can donate directly to the Meals on Wheels Foundation, or join us at our #NYGivesDay page.

Become a fundraiser

#GivingTuesday and #NYGivesDay provides a window to talk to friends and family about charity organizations close to your heart. You can become a fundraiser on #GivingTuesday through our #NYGivesDay page here by clicking on the large, red “Fundraise” button at the right of the screen.

Alternatively, consider starting a Facebook Fundraiser to support our organization! Learn how to do that here.

Step Up to the Plate at Dash’s Market, now through December 15!

Now through December 15, 2018, grocery shopping at Dash’s Market makes it easier than ever to support the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York. As part of the annual Step Up to the Plate campaign, patrons of all four Western New York Dash’s Markets will have the option to add a $1, $3, or $5 donation at checkout.

This is the eighth year for the Step Up to the Plate partnership. Launched in 2011, the fundraiser has generated more than $56,000 in donations for the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York.  Last year, Dash’s Market shoppers helped raise more than $6,100 for our program.

Inquiries regarding this fundraising initiative should be directed to Lisa Woodring, Chief Development Officer for the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York, Inc. at 716.822.2002 x27 or by email at lwoodring@mealsonwheelswny.org