Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area and Shults Subaru in Jamestown are again working together to attract new volunteers to Meals on Wheels and help end senior hunger in Chautauqua County.
Through Jan. 2, anyone who test drives a new Subaru from Shults Subaru at 311 Fluvanna Ave., Jamestown, or who volunteers to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels, will be eligible for a chance to win more than $100 in Subaru merchandise in a drawing. Anyone who both test drives a Subaru and volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels will earn five entries into the drawing.
This is the second year Shults and Jamestown Meals on Wheels have partnered on the promotion.
"Meals on Wheels is taking this year's opportunity to promote the important need of volunteers we have at Meals on Wheels," said Barrie Yochim, executive director of Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area. "Meals on Wheels has a few opportunities available now for individuals in the community to volunteer and help us deliver meals to homebound senior citizens in our area. We couldn't deliver the nearly 500 meals we serve each day without the support of volunteers from our community."
This local effort is part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America's participation in the national Subaru of America Inc. "Share the Love" Event. As a Subaru "Share the Love" event charitable partner, local Meals on Wheels Member programs that partner with Subaru dealerships are eligible to earn grants of up to $35,000. The grants can provide an extra layer of support to help provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Chautauqua County.
"We are honored to be part of 'Share the Love' for a sixth straight year," said Ellie Hollander, association president and CEO. "Subaru recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities it serves. Working together, Meals on Wheels and Subaru are helping to provide more than just a meal; we're bringing warmth and compassion to so many hungry and homebound seniors who would otherwise go without."
SHARING THE LOVE
The Subaru "Share the Love" event runs through Jan. 2. Subaru is donating $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during "Share the Love" to the customer's choice of charity, including Meals on Wheels. Over the past six years, proceeds from the Subaru "Share the Love" event have provided funds to support the Meals on Wheels vision to end senior hunger.
"Meals on Wheels is hoping to convince more individuals in the community who are thinking about buying a new Subaru, to get to Shults Subaru this month for a test drive," Yochim said. "After they take a test drive, they can learn how they can volunteer at Meals on Wheels, how we are working to feed our community's senior population and how they can take a chance to win some great Subaru prizes. Or, if an individual comes in to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, we can direct them to the promotion, to Shults Subaru and the great line of Subaru vehicles they can test drive and purchase."
The Subaru items to be given away by Meals on Wheels and Shults Subaru include a performance pullover sweatshirt, t-shirts, folding chairs and an umbrella. One winner for all of the items will be determined by drawing after the promotion ends on Jan. 2.
The Shults Auto Group - which includes Shults Subaru - has 15 new car franchises with factory-certified service centers, four Express Lube locations, three Auto Spa's and two collision centers - all located in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. Shults employs more than 400 people, and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Shults and Shults Subaru, visit shultsauto.com.
As one of the five Subaru "Share the Love" Event charitable partners, MOWAA is awarding $200,000 in "Share the Love" grants to local Meals on Wheels programs that partner with Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Jamestown Meals on Wheels is eligible to win a MOWAA-Subaru "Share the Love" grant of up to $35,000 to help provide nutritious meals to homebound seniors in Jamestown and southern Chautauqua County.
"For every one of those people who buy or lease a Subaru, Subaru will donate $250 to one of five charities, including Meals on Wheels," Yochim said. "That's a lot of money donated from our community, to help within our community."
Senior citizens can receive a heatable or a cold sandwich meal each day, or both, as needed from Jamestown Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels also provides frozen meals to be used on weekends, in some cases. The suggested cost for home delivery of one heatable meal and one cold meal is $8 per day. For either a heatable or cold meal, the suggested cost is $4.50 per day.
Meals on Wheels can keep its delivery costs low because it utilizes many volunteers who help deliver meals each day. Volunteer delivery routes, called satellite routes, are delivered in Jamestown, Lakewood, Falconer, Celoron and Fluvanna each day. Volunteers deliver more than 80 meals each day for Meals on Wheels. Some Meals on Wheels volunteers are from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Some of these volunteer routes are available now for new volunteers, Yochim said. The routes are designed to allow a volunteer to deliver meals in a designed area within 30-45 minutes. Most volunteers deliver one day a week, every week.
Routes which are currently available for a new volunteer are:
Tuesdays: north-central Jamestown, or Covenant Manor in downtown Jamestown,
Wednesdays: Covenant Manor in downtown Jamestown, and
Thursdays: north-central Jamestown, southside Jamestown or Covenant Manor in downtown Jamestown.
If an individual 60 years old or older can't pay for meals from Meals on Wheels, or can pay only a small amount, the individual can still get meals. The Chautauqua County Office For the Aging provides Meals on Wheels funding for meals for individuals age 60 and older, if they qualify for the program.
Meals on Wheels also receives funding from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and other individual contributors, which helps offset the meal cost for individuals who can't pay the full amount. WCA Hospital prepares meals for Meals on Wheels recipients in southern Chautauqua County from the hospital's Jones Memorial Health Center kitchen.
Any Chautauqua County senior citizen can receive home meal delivery, if the individual qualifies. 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, and in 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, including the towns of Hanover and Villenova, and in Forestville.
For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 488-9119.