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June 16, 2015 to September 2, 2015

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This year’s Plate Expectations is brand new!  We’ve completely re-imagined our signature fundraising event, giving you an opportunity to visit a unique WNY historic location while supporting Meals on Wheels.

This year’s casual indoor-outdoor event will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Silo City.  It will be "BBQ, Brews and You at Silo City!"  

The event will include food, select drinks, music, silent and live auctions and games such as the balloon pop.  As well, free tours of the Silo City site will be offered courtesy of Explore Buffalo.  

This re-imagined event promises to be a unique look at one of Buffalo’s treasures.  Ted Walsh, President and Chief Operating Officer of Walsh Duffield Insurance Company, will be honorary chair of the event and we will once again be presenting community awards to key partners during a short program.  

Get your tickets now and plan to enjoy a unique piece of Buffalo’s history while supporting Meals on Wheels’ mission of providing food and friendship to the homebound seniors and disabled individuals in our community.  Tickets can be purchased here or by calling Kathleen Zastrow at 716.822.2201.







Alliant Capital Management / Kirkland / Upstate


Allied Mechanical 


Chubb Insurance


Cleve Hill Tire


Clover Management 


David Collins Productions


Delaware North


Dolce Foundation 


Great Lakes Building Systems, Inc.


Hanover Insurance 


Key Bank


Liberty Mutual Insurance 




Morgan Stanley


National Grid 


Rich Products 


Safeco Insurance 


Southside Trailer Services, Inc. 


 Zenner and Ritter 









Ticket Pre-order Available Here

All orders will be shipped to the address provided or kept at will call on the day of the event. 

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June 16, 2015

Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW) is proud to announce that it has received a $2,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. This national campaign raises funds, which Meals on Wheels programs throughout the nation can then apply for via a competitive grant process. (MOW was also selected as the local charity of choice option for West Herr Subaru, and will be receiving a donation soon directly from Subaru of America and West Herr.) 

Throughout the month of March, more than 40 community VIPs delivered meals through Meals on Wheels for WNY – including government representatives at all levels (federal, state, county, city, municipality), media celebrities and Buffalo Sabres alumni.  Meals on Wheels for WNY also participated in a wide variety of tabling events and speaking engagements, sharing information about how to volunteer and how to receive services.  

“March for Meals is an exciting event every year.  We love being able to get our local VIPs more engaged with our work and it’s really a tremendous thrill for our homebound clients to have such important community members come out for a visit,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said. “March for Meals has ripple effects throughout the year.  For example, Senator Panepinto’s office decided to ‘Adopt-A-Route’ by delivering on an ongoing basis and WIVB’s Jordan Williams signed up as a regular volunteer.” 

In total, $370,250 is being granted to 258 local Meals on Wheels programs and two Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Associations based on their March for Meals efforts. The $2,000 granted to the Meals on Wheels for WNY will help with mission-related costs such as the purchase of ingredients and production of food for WNY’s homebound seniors and disabled individuals.   

“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing local programs for bolstering the dynamic and effective partnership between Meals on Wheels and the businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who provide critical support within their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “In addition to mobilizing nearly 400 local Meals on Wheels celebrations across the country, we commemorated the month by releasing the findings of a groundbreaking research study proving that Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than just a meal.”

The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, businesses and governments to support seniors in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier. For more information, visit


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Health & Nutrition Resources

Thursday, May 28, 2015


It’s the most important nutrient for the human body. It makes up 75% of our muscles and crucial organs, including our brain. All functions in the body need water, including digestion, temperature regulation and the removal of toxins. In fact, we can only last a handful of days without water, while we can live for weeks without food.

So why is it so easy to get dehydrated?

According to MOW’s Registered Dietitians, our bodies cannot store water, and we are constantly losing it from all kinds of daily functions. This is especially true in the warm summer months to come, when dehydration can come even quicker, and for seniors, who are more vulnerable to dehydration.  And since even a 10% loss of water can cause blurred vision and delirium, it is EXTREMELY important to stay hydrated.

Some symptoms of dehydration to look out for include:



•Dry mouth, nasal passages or cracked lips

•Darker colored urine


If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you start slowly increasing your water intake. You should be drinking eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day, throughout the day.*

If this seems like a lot to you, there are a few tricks to making the process a little easier. The MOW Registered Dietitians shared a few:

•Drink a glass of water with each meal

•Add some flavor with fresh produce, like lemons or mint

•Try sparkling water, or even add a splash of juice

•Have a glass or water bottle with you while you watch TV

•Whenever you walk by a water source in your home, e.g., a sink or fridge, take a drink

•If you’re feeling tired of water, other beverages usually contain mainly water anyway. If you do add other beverages periodically, though, just make sure you aren’t loading up on calories, sugar and caffeine, too!

Hopefully one of these tips sparked your interest because dehydration is a serious problem, but easily preventable. Don’t let the hot, summer days get the best of you! 


*If you are on a customized diet with fluid restrictions, please check with your doctor before increasing your water intake.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Surprised? Well, June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month for the Alzheimer’s Association and its many chapters throughout the United States. Right now, they are stepping up their efforts to educate – using facts like the one above – and spread the word about the debilitating disease.

If you’ve ever had someone with dementia in your life, then you know what a toll it can take on loved ones who provide care. You may also understand hopelessness, as Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented or cured. In fact, it is the only disease in the top ten causes of death in America that meets those disheartening criteria.

If you are a caregiver, please be aware of signs of dementia in your loved ones. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, only 45% of those with the disease and their caregivers say that they were told of the diagnosis, as compared to 90% of those with cancer and heart disease. Early detection is vital for making decisions about quality of life or even getting a second opinion.

10 important indicators of dementia include:

1) Life-disrupting memory loss

2) Challenges in planning or problem-solving

3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks

4) Confusion with time or place

5) Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships

6) New problems with speaking or writing

7) Frequently misplacing things and being unable to find them

8) Decreased or poor judgment

9) Withdrawal from work or social activities

10) Changes in mood and personality

While these may seem like typical signs of aging, if they happen consistently and with increasingly negative effects, they may indicate Alzheimer’s. If this sounds like you or your loved one, please see a doctor as soon as possible, and do not be afraid to get a second opinion.


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News & Events

May 20, 2015

 Today, Meals on Wheels for WNY launched a new community-wide awareness campaign - the "100 Reasons" to support Meals on Wheels.  
You'll see these reasons - from #1: Our clients, to #100: More 100th birthdays - and everything in between throughout the year on television, digital billboards, Facebook, Twitter, and the website.  You'll also hear about these reasons and the stories behind them on the radio.
Check out the 100 Reasons landing page to see what reasons have been released so far or even to share your own reason in the comment section! 


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May 12, 2015

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President of Meals on Wheels for WNY, unveiled a new 450-kw generator system in a ribbon cutting and generator test ceremony in South Buffalo. The generator system is the result of more than three years of planning, fundraising and implementation and will fully power the 24,000 square foot commissary in the event of an emergency that impacts power in the area. 

“We’re thrilled to have this generator system in place and fully functional,” Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said.  “Not only does it give us another layer of security in serving our frail, vulnerable clients, but it also enables us to be a true community partner in the event of an emergency – whether that is an isolated incident or one with region-wide impact.”

Meals on Wheels for WNY is the food production partner in the Emergency Preparedness Partnership, along with the American Red Cross, Bateman Senior Meals, the Food Bank of WNY, the City of Buffalo, and Erie County.  After the original Meals on Wheels commissary (built in 1901 and retrofitted for Meals on Wheels in 1970) lost power during the October Storm of 2006, the current Meals on Wheels commissary was constructed in 2009. One of the key features of this commissary would be its ability to operate in the event of a power failure. Three 150-kw, natural gas fed generators were purchased and installed to supply power to the commissary during these emergency situations.

The $216,735 project was made possible in large part due to the generous support of: the City of Buffalo, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, The Baird Foundation, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, the Marks Family Foundation, National Fuel, and The Frank G. Raichle Foundation.

Donations were also received from AAA of Western and Central NY, the Robert D. Flickinger Charitable Foundation, Peter B. & Genevieve R. Flickinger Foundation, the Seymour H. Knox Foundation, United Steelworkers (local 593), Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and individual donors Denise C. Bauer, Tara A. Ellis and Louise C. Janik.  

On a daily basis, Meals on Wheels for WNY serves approximately 5,000 meals throughout Erie County – including a two-meal unit (hot lunch, cold dinner) for home-bound clients and a hot lunch for those healthy enough to reach a congregate dining center. 

“We must do everything we can to make sure our homebound seniors and others with special needs get the help they need, which is why I’m a proud supporter of Meals on Wheels for WNY,” said Mayor Brown.  “By allocating $132,000 in Community Block Grant Funds for a new on-site generator system, we are not only helping Meals on Wheels in the event of an emergency, but further ensuring that our homebound citizens maintain good health, independence and quality of life.”

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May 1, 2015

Volunteer Recognition Event 2015 - Celebrating our milestone volunteers

In conjunction with April's National Volunteer Month, we welcomed our 20 year, 25 year, 30 year, and 35 year volunteers and their families to a recognition event in the Community Center. The event celebrated each volunteer's dedication to serving the Western New York community.

Each volunteer honored at this event received a commemorative plate with their name and years of service inscribed on it, a certificate from their Erie County Legislator, and were added to plaques on our volunteer hall of fame. Watch a video recap of the event here:

Orchard Park Volunteer Recognized by the County

Orchard Park volunteer Alan Winistorfer was honored as the Erie County Senior of the Month! Alan was awarded a certificate from Erie County Senior Services and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for calling 911 after a client had fallen into the snow and for calling 911 after finding another client who was not breathing. He saved two lives! Read more about his recognition here. 

New Adopt-A-Routes

National Volunteer Month welcomed collaboration with local organizations in the addition of two new Adopt-A-Routes. Venture Forth and JBM Computer Consultants will be delivering meals out of their neighborhood delivery sites. Your organization can Adopt-A-Route as well! Learn more here.

Boy Scouts Build New Signs for Main Office

We welcomed a Boy Scout troop to Meals on Wheels. These talented individuals built new signs for display outside our main office. The new signs direct visitors to the attached Community Center and help them find the correct entrance for the building.

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Delivers Meals and Prepares Birthday Gifts

The girls of the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart helped to deliver meals, as well as prepare gifts for meal recipeients celebrating their birthday.

Girl Scouts Make Cards for Clients

Girl Scout Troops 884 and 38004, along with their parents, came to Meals on Wheels in early April to make birthday cards for clients, take a tour of the building, and learn more about the organization.

Bishop Timon St. Jude High School's Day of Giving

In South Buffalo, volunteers from Timon helped fold envolopes and carry meals to our volunteers' cars. This was part of Timon's "Day of Giving." 

Students from Local Schools Make Crafts for Mother's Day

Local school students made gifts for clients to celebrate Mother's Day. Beautiful paper roses will be delivered to some meals recipients in advance of the May 10 holiday.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the mission of Meals on Wheels! Learn more about volunteering here.

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April 27, 2015

The Meals on Wheels Foundation has received a $3,000 donation from Safeco Insurance through a nomination by our community partner and insurance agency Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.  And you, can help us earn up to $10,500 more just by voting for us online!
Safeco's "Make More Happen" contest runs from now to May 18, 2015 and the charity-agency teams with the most votes during that period will win additional donations from Safeco for the charities: $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place.  If the voting goal is passed, every charity will earn an additional $500.  Visit to vote.  On the main page, look for "quick view" and select "charity name."  Then select "Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY."  A new screen will display.  Click on the large gold "vote for this team!" button to register your vote.  It's as easy as that!  
* You can also "leave a cheer" but this does not take the place of voting. 
* You can vote every 24 hours during the campaign period.  
* You can vote from multiple devices, including your computer and smart phone. 
This is an easy way to help Meals on Wheels for WNY earn some additional much needed funds.  Please vote every day and share this story with your friends, family and colleagues.  Thank you!  

And, thank you Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. for nominating us! 

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