SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville 76ers is the Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area.
Meals are prepared in the Sinclairville Firehall kitchen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and then delivered on three separate routes by volunteers. One route goes to Cassadaga, Stockton and Sinclairville, one route goes to Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley and Ellington, and one route goes to Gerry. The program began in 1976 with senior housing and expanded to the Meals on Wheels program five years later. About 100 meals are delivered on the three routes, and the same meal is served in the firehall dining room at noon on the same days of the week.
Richard Smith of Sinclairville is the president of the organization, and Lisa Rangel is the chef. The Sinclairville Meals on Wheels program is a part of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging.
Standing next to the new white van are Lee Livermore, one of the volunteer drivers, Tom Alford, also a volunteer driver, and Richard Smith, president of the Sinclairville 76ers.
Recently, one of the delivery vans was replaced with a new Ford delivery van purchased through the efforts of Shults Ford of Jamestown. Funds for the new van were generously provided by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Sheldon Foundation of Jamestown, the help of Shults Ford of Jamestown and many donors. The 76ers group maintains three vans for their deliveries.
Many of the shut-ins in the Cassadaga Valley area depend on a hot meal being delivered, and having someone check on that person. The Meals on Wheels program is an organization for the good of the people.
The Sinclairville 76ers thanks Tom Alford in working with the Shults dealer, and to the organizations who made it possible for the new van. For more information on the Sinclairville 76ers Meals on Wheels program, call 962-3455.