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!

Haunted or Healthy

By Maria-Elena Damasiewicz

Halloween can be a scary time for many of our diets!

Here are some tips to practice during this spooky season:

  • Practice moderation. Those “fun-sized” candy bars aren’t so fun if eaten in large portions. Each one can contain anywhere between 60-80 calories per bar, and can contribute to weight gain if eaten excessively. This is a great way to practice moderation!
  • Pick the lesser of the evils. Not all candy is created equal. If you can help it, try to go for dark chocolate candy. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has heart healthy benefits to it, but remember- it is still candy and should be eaten in smaller doses.
  • Focus on other aspects of the holiday. There is much more to Halloween than candy and treats. Enjoy non-food related activities such as decorating with your family, attending parties, costume contests, and games.
  • Skip the clearance candy sale. Although discount candy is very tempting, it’s not worth it! It may seem like a “good deal”, but you will save money and your waistline by skipping the clearance candy section.
  • Enjoy the fall season. There are so many fun activities to do in the fall, like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and haunted hay rides. Don’t stress, embrace the beautiful crisp air and colorful leaves, enjoy a few pieces of your favorite candy, and have a Happy Halloween!


“Wreaths on Wheels” orders due November 21, 2018

Order your holiday wreath or centerpiece, and support Meals on Wheels! Our popular “Wreaths on Wheels” event has returned.

Your wreath purchase helps provide holiday meals to those celebrating the season alone. Choose from a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and centerpieces to deck your halls.

Order options:

Pick up locations, and times:

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

Volunteers: Refer-a-friend returns October 15-26, 2018!

Volunteers: Meals on Wheels invites you to deliver your regular routes with a friend, relative or colleague! So many people are interested in learning what delivering with Meals on Wheels means, but won’t take that first step without an invitation or trial run with someone they know and trust. Simply bring along a friend who has never volunteered before.

Competing individuals will then fill out a Refer-a-Friend slip at their sites and each Friday that the competition is running, we will choose a few winners who will receive a prize! This contest is a win-win: it allows people to connect with their communities and give back, and helps MOW to potentially get some more volunteers that can help us out year-round. The event runs until Friday, October 26, 2018.

Check with your Site Manager for more information. Inquires also can be directed to Ashley Yerdon, Volunteer Relations Associate, at 822-2002 ext. 21 or by email at ayerdon@mealsonwheelswny.org

Facts about Iron

Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN

What is iron?

Iron is an essential mineral, meaning that the body does not create it on its own. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body, including your muscles. Iron also contributes to healthy function of your immune system, as well as maintenance of healthy nail and skin cells.

What is iron deficiency?

Iron deficiency occurs when the body does not have enough iron. This can cause a decrease in the production of red blood cells, causing a condition known as iron deficiency anemia. This condition is typically diagnosed by your doctor with a blood test.

Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:

  • Low energy levels/fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pale skin and fingernails
  • Decreased appetite

(Consult with your doctor if you are concerned you may be iron deficient.)

Food Sources with Iron

Iron can be found in a variety of foods including lean red meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, beans and peas, dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, and iron fortified cereals.

Plant based sources of iron are not absorbed as much by the body as animal sources of iron are, however eating good sources of vitamin C such as oranges and bell peppers can help your body absorb more iron from plants.



Volunteer with Meals on Wheels at the National Buffalo Wing Festival!

The National Buffalo Wing Festival is just around the corner! We’re looking for volunteers to join us at this year’s event!
Volunteers are needed to work the ticket tent on:
  • Sat 9/1 5:30-9:00

Volunteers will be given free admission and parking, as well as a select number of tickets to try some of the event’s wings!

To join our team, please contact Ashley at 716.822.2002 x21 or by email at ayerdon@mealsonwheelswny.org. Volunteer spots are first come, first serve.

New “Avoiding Gluten” diet option launched by Meals on Wheels for WNY

Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. (MOW-WNY) has launched a new diet option for homebound elderly and disabled individuals suffering from gluten intolerance. The new “avoiding gluten” diet provides two meals each weekday to qualifying clients in Erie County.

“Gluten intolerance limits access to nutritious food for some of our community’s homebound neighbors,” Chris Procknal, President and CEO, said. “The addition of our ‘avoiding gluten’ diet provides a healthful option for those who have a gluten intolerance, helping to ensure that every member of our community receives a meal that meets his or her unique nutritional needs.”

Meals are prepared locally at the Meals on Wheels commissary in Buffalo. Food prepared as part of the “avoiding gluten” program is produced in a separate part of the commissary to avoid gluten-containing ingredients from potentially mixing with the new diet’s entrées. During delivery, meals of this diet type are stored and transported in their own cold chest, separate from food that may contain gluten. These meals are made without gluten-containing ingredients, but are not considered “gluten-free,” as the diet is produced in the same facility as other meals that may contain gluten. As such, the “Avoiding Gluten” diet may not be suitable for those with severe gluten intolerance.

“Avoiding gluten” meals are designed for those who qualify for MOW-WNY traditional programming, have a documented medical need for food with reduced gluten, and have a doctor’s prescription. This is the sixth diet option to be offered by MOW-WNY. The diet joins the regular (low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-sodium), calorie-counted (diabetic), ground, bland, and renal options. More information about our other home-delivered program diets can be found here.

Those interested in receiving Meals on Wheels, or interested in starting service on behalf of a loved one, should contact our intake department at 716.822.2002. Current Meals on Wheels recipients who think they would benefit from “avoiding gluten” meals can contact their Meals on Wheels social worker or dietitian for more details.