Beginning Oct. 28, FeedMore WNY will be expanding its home-delivered meal services to include the geography currently covered by Lockport Meals on Wheels.
The board of directors of the Lockport Meals on Wheels recently voted to join forces with FeedMore WNY. FeedMore WNY is working closely with the current team at Lockport Meals on Wheels to ensure a seamless transition in service.
“Lockport Meals on Wheels is pleased to join forces with FeedMore WNY,” said Maureen Wendt, chair of the board of directors for Lockport Meals on Wheels. “The health and well-being of our Lockport Meals on Wheels clients has always been our top priority. We are confident that this step forward will greatly benefit our homebound neighbors who rely on our services. We believe that our clients will be excited to benefit from all that FeedMore WNY has to offer.”
It is important to note:
•Participants do not need to re-register; meal service for current participants will continue seamlessly.
•FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal program offers six therapeutic diets to fit the diverse needs of its clients. The diets include a regular, low/fat, low/sodium option; a renal diet; a bland diet; a calorie-controlled diet designed to help people living with diabetes; a ground diet; and an avoiding gluten diet. Participants who receive a special diet today will receive the same diet after the transition. FeedMore WNY’s team of registered dieticians works closely with clients to ensure their dietary needs are being met.
•FeedMore WNY provides a daily well-being check with volunteers reporting concerns to the social work department, which then works with caregivers and emergency personnel as needed to help ensure safety.
•For the first time ever, Lockport’s home-delivered meal clients also will receive new perks, including access to FeedMore WNY’s angel card and birthday gift programs, AniMeals program for clients with pet companions and emergency food kits.
With this expansion in service, FeedMore WNY will prepare and deliver an additional 7,000 meals annually through its home-delivered meal program. In 2018, FeedMore WNY provided nearly 867,000 nutritious meals to homebound neighbors in need through this program.
FeedMore WNY is the new nonprofit organization created by the alliance of Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Food Bank of Western New York. The two organizations joined forces in February in order to better reach underserved populations and more efficiently meet the needs of the community.
“We are thrilled to expand our home-delivered meal program to benefit our homebound neighbors in the City of Lockport,” said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY. “This expansion will benefit clients, as they will be able to take advantage of our six specialized diets and our team of registered dieticians who are dedicated to improving the health of our clients. Our social work team will be able to offer a safety net to caregivers as they work to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients. We look forward to this opportunity to provide nutritious meals, compassionate care and friendship to our Lockport neighbors in need.”
FeedMore WNY alleviates hunger and assists community members of all ages throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. More information can be found at www.mealsonwheelswny.org and www.foodbankwny.org.