BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Meals of Wheels of Western New York relies on hundreds of volunteers to deliver 3,600 deliveries a day, five days a week, all year long. These daily deliveries brighten lives and deliver warm meals to the homebound, elderly or disabled.
It’s an overwhelming need that grows every year as WNY ages. “Many of them don’t have any family for caregivers,” volunteer relations associate Lauren Gousy said.
This week, News 4’s Jordan Williams and George Richert both answered the call and volunteered as part of the organization’s “Champions for Meals” campaign. They joined regular volunteers. “Having these exciting personalities [and others] come to their door and greet them and share a couple of minutes of conversation is really important for them, for us and for our mission and for the community,” Gousy noted.
Alumni from the Buffalo Sabres, the Mayor of Buffalo, NY State Assembly members, Erie County legislators, Buffalo Common Council members, and town and village officials also joined the effort.
Meals on Wheels volunteers sometimes work delivery routes one day a month, twice a month, or even once a week. The organization welcomes volunteers of all ages.