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

West Herr Subaru selects Meals on Wheels as local “Share the Love” recipient

From November 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019, Subaru of America will donate $250 to your selected charity when you buy or lease a new vehicle. The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is honored to be selected once again as a designated local charity by West Herr Subaru!

Local Subaru dealers can select a hometown charity of their choice to be the beneficiary of this holiday fundraising initiative. Through the work West Herr Subaru, the Share the Love campaign in 2017 resulted in a $44,110 donation to the Meals on Wheels Foundation by Subaru of America. Over the past six years, Share the Love has resulted in more than $200,000 in donations directly supporting our program here in Western New York.

On a national level, the Share the Love event benefits Meals on Wheels America, National Park Foundation, ASPCA, and Make-a-Wish.

Please choose the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York when purchasing your new Subaru at West Herr, and encourage friends and family to do the same! Read more at West Herr Subaru on their website.

Volunteer Judy Marine honored at AFP-WNY National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is proud to honor long-term volunteer Judy Marine as a Distinguished Honoree at this year’s AFP-WNY National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Volunteering with Meals on Wheels for 28 years, Judy has shared both her time and talent to help neighbors in our community. In addition to her daily delivery route on Buffalo’s West Side, Judy has shared her voice in various television and video productions about our program. Throughout October, her likeness was seen throughout Western New York as part of our billboard awareness campaign.

The Western New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals holds this annual luncheon to acknowledge leaders in the community who dedicate their talents and resources to local nonprofit organizations. The event also shines a spotlight on the accomplishments of distinguished guests nominated by member organizations.

We thank Judy for her many years of dedication to the people we serve and congratulate her on this wonderful honor!