Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area held its annual Christmas board meeting in the Robert H. Jackson Center. Nancy Lahnen, president, reported on the success of the organization this past year.
Due to the overwhelming support from the community, Meals on Wheels has successfully continued delivering nutritious meals to area citizens and the homebound. There are many individuals in Chautauqua County who are unable to pay for their meal deliveries; consequently, donations from individuals and businesses fill the gap by helping to pay for those deliveries. Funding is also provided by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Office for the Aging. Fundraising by the organization and the board has contributed to its success as well.
Delivery costs have continued to stay affordable due to the meals being prepared by WCA Hospital's Jones Memorial Health Center Kitchen and the many volunteers who help deliver meals every day. Executive Director Barrie Yochim's leadership in the organization has successfully kept many of the same volunteers, and much of the staff, for several years. Volunteers not only devote their personal time each day to be sure everyone receives a meal and spend some time with them, but most importantly, they build relationships with their clients.
Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area board of directors are pictured at their Christmas meeting. From left, first row, are Danielle Cederquist, Paula Picket, Nancy Lahnen, president, and John Geraci, treasurer. Second row, from left, are Vicky Bardo, Pat Spitale and Barrie Yochim, executive director. Third row, from left, are Cindy Schnelzer, vice president, Judy Johnson, Wendy Wilcox and Karen Spontaneo. Fourth row, from left, are Mark Baglia, Mike Goldman and Bob Ortendahl. Absent from the photo are Kim Johnson, secretary, and John LaBardo.
The board thanks everyone in the community for their support and contributions. Because of them and all the devoted volunteers, the seniors and homebound of this community can continue staying in their homes, receive nutritious meals, socialization and maintain their dignity and independence.