Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area held its annual Christmas board meeting recently at the Robert H. Jackson Center.
Nancy Lahnen, board president, said board members have been pleased with the organization's success in the past year, something for which she credited community support.
Many individuals in Chautauqua County are unable to pay for meal delivery; consequently, donations from individuals and businesses fill the gap by helping pay for delivery to senior citizens and the homebound. Meals on Wheels also receives funding from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.
Barrie Yochim, Meals on Wheels director, top left, is shown with the board of directors. Front row, John Geraci, treasurer; Nancy Lahnen, president; and Mike Goldman. Second row, Bob Ortendahl, Vicky Bardo and Judy Johnson. Third row, Paula Picket, Wendy Wilcox, Kim Johnson, secretary; and Karen Spontaneo. Back row, Cindy Schnelzer, vice president; and Danielle Cederquist. Absent at time of photo were Mark Baglia, John LeBardo and Pat Truax.
Fundraising by the organization and the board is another reason the agency has been successful, Lahnen said. Barrie Yochim, Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown director, continues to develop new strategies for fundraisers.
Also, due to shorter hospitalization stays, the organization's client base continues to increase. Meals prepared by WCA Hospital have saved money in the program and allowed the organization to continue keeping meals affordable for area senior citizens.
Board members also congratulated Yochim on his appointment as state president of Meals on Wheels. Board members also thanked the community for its support and contributions which allow seniors and the homebound in Chautauqua County to stay in their homes longer while receiving nutritious meals and having time to socialize with volunteer drivers.