Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area can continue to provide heatable, cold sandwich, frozen weekend and holiday brunch meals in central and southern Chautauqua County thanks to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The foundation has provided funding to assist Meals on Wheels in delivering meals to clients who can't afford meal delivery. The grant also prevents Meals on Wheels from having to increase the prices it charges for its meals this year - saving area seniors money
"Meals on Wheels is thankful the Community Foundation could provide us this funding through its Field of Interest Grant process," said Barrie Yochim, executive director for Meals on Wheels. "Anything we can do to help keep area seniors happy and healthy in their own homes helps save the seniors money, both now and in the long run."
John Lloyd, left, from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, helps Meals on Wheels volunteer Bob Ortendahl, right, deliver a meal to Jamestown resident Doris Bloss. Chautauqua Region Community Foundation provided a grant to Meals on Wheels to allow the organization to continue delivering meals to senior citizens in southern and central Chautauqua County.
Yochim said Meals on Wheels programs work to make sure senior citizens remain in their homes, instead of seniors having to enter a more costly hospital or nursing home stay. Funding that Meals on Wheels receives from the community helps keep people healthier, he said.
Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area provides meals to senior citizens in our community Monday through Friday. All meals delivered by Meals on Wheels are prepared daily by staff at the Jones Hill campus for WCA Hospital.
Meals are delivered each day by a combination of paid drivers and community volunteers, including volunteers from RSVP.
Meals are delivered generally between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each weekday.
Many individuals in Chautauqua County can't pay for meal delivery, and the organization relies on funding like the Community Foundation grant to help pay for food delivery to area senior citizens, Yochim said. Meals on Wheels also receives funding from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and Chautauqua County Office For the Aging, as well as other individual contributors.
Any Chautauqua County senior citizen can receive home meal delivery. Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area delivers to the southern half of Chautauqua County. Sinclairville 76ers provides home-delivered meals to participants in the towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Gerry and Ellington, as well as the areas of Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale. Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to participants along the Lake Erie lakeshore from Brocton to Silver Creek, and the village of Forestville.
For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 488-9119.