Car Club Donates To Jamestown Area Meals On Wheels

The Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club has donated $750 to Jamestown Meals on Wheels to help the organization feed area senior citizens. Presenting the donation to Barrie Yochim, Meals on Wheels executive director, and Nancy Lahnen, past president, center, are Chevy club co-chairs Dave Wilson, left, and Tom Brown, right.

Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area can feed more senior citizens in Chautauqua County thanks to a $750 donation from the Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club.

“It’s great that we can support Meals on Wheels,” said Tom Brown, co-chair of the club. “We wanted to keep the monies local. That was our primary goal.”

The money the club contributed to Meals on Wheels was from proceeds from the June Classic Car Show held at the Celoron Ribfest.

Meals on Wheels will use the contribution to help alleviate its waiting list for services. For more than a year, individuals who want to start receiving Meals on Wheels can’t begin because of the high level of need, but limited funding available, said Barrie Yochim, Meals on Wheels executive director.

“We are so appreciative the Classic Chevy Club thought of Meals on Wheels again for its donation,” Yochim said. “This is essential funding which gets food into the hands of our community’s seniors.”

The Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic Chevrolet vehicles built between 1955 and 1982, but the club welcomes any Chevrolet or other model classic car into its membership.

“Meals on Wheels thanks Tom Brown and his entire organization for its donation to Meals on Wheels,” he said. “We hope to be a partner with the Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club for years to come, for the benefit of all senior citizens in Chautauqua County.”

Senior citizens in Jamestown and in central and southern Chautauqua County can receive a heatable or a cold sandwich meal each day, or both, as needed from Jamestown Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels also provides frozen meals to be used on weekends, in some cases. The suggested cost for home delivery of one heatable meal and one cold meal is $9 per day. For either a heatable or cold meal, the suggested cost is $5 per day.

Meals on Wheels can keep its delivery costs low because it utilizes many volunteers who help deliver meals each day. Volunteer delivery routes, called satellite routes, are delivered in Jamestown, Lakewood, Falconer, Celoron and Fluvanna each day. Volunteers deliver more than 100 meals each day for Meals on Wheels. Some Meals on Wheels volunteers are from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Meals on Wheels is a United Way partner agency.