People attending Friday's Downtown Jamestown Cruisin' and Thunder in the Streets will have an opportunity to taste an authentic root beer float prepared by Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area.
For a suggested contribution of $2 for a 12-ounce float, eventgoers will be able to get a sweet treat that helps senior citizens in Chautauqua County, said Barrie Yochim, executive director of Meals on Wheels. This is the seventh year Meals on Wheels has hosted the event.
"This fundraiser will help Meals on Wheels raise money to get home-delivered meals in the hands of our community's neediest individuals," Yochim said. "Thousands of people will be at Cruisin' and Thunder in the Streets, and we want to again be a part of the event to help our area's senior citizens."
The Meals on Wheels root beer float stand will be located on West Third Street near the intersection of North Main Street, in front of Northwest Savings Bank, and will be manned by Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff. The floats will be available starting at 5 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m., or when the root beer and ice cream supplies are exhausted.
Downtown Jamestown Cruisin' and Thunder in the Streets are sponsored by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. The events will fill downtown Jamestown's streets with custom made, antique and old-fashioned trucks, cars and motorcycles.
Yochim said Meals on Wheels is appreciative of the support of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for its continued help in connecting Meals on Wheels with Cruisin' and Thunder in the Streets.
"This event started for us as a linkage with the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation years ago, and it's continuing with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation," Yochim said. "Downtown Jamestown is a great location for us, thanks to the great organizations which have helped to promote it over the years."
Individuals are encouraged to get their root beer floats early - only about 500 floats will be made, Yochim said. Many individuals in Chautauqua County can't pay for meal delivery, and the organization relies on fundraising events like this Root Beer Float sale to raise essential money. Meals on Wheels also receives funding from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and Chautauqua County Office For the Aging, as well as other individual contributors.
Any Chautauqua County senior citizen can receive home meal delivery. 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, as well as the areas of 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, and the village of Forestville.
Meals are delivered by a combination of paid employees and volunteers, including RSVP volunteers. For more information about Meals on Wheels, call 488-9119.