MEALS ON WHEELS OF SYRACUSE TO SERVE SKANEATELES
INFORMATIONAL OPEN HOUSE OCTOBER 15
Syracuse, NY, October 11, 2015 -- Meals on Wheels of Syracuse will soon serve Skaneateles, New York. An Informational Open House will be held at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church, 26 Jordan Street on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM.
The Informational Open House will be an opportunity for anyone who’s interested in receiving home-delivered meals or volunteering to deliver meals in Skaneateles. Representatives from Meals on Wheels of Syracuse will be on hand to provide an overview of the program and answer questions.
When service begins, Meals on Wheels of Syracuse will transport meals from its Syracuse kitchen to the Skaneateles United Methodist Church for local volunteers to pick up and deliver to homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is now recruiting volunteers in the Skaneateles area who are available weekdays at 11:30 AM to deliver meals. Volunteers are required to fill out an application and attend an orientation. Anyone interested in volunteering may apply online now at www.meals.org or by calling 315.478.5948. Homebound residents may contact Meals on Wheels of Syracuse by calling 315.478.5948 for more information about home-delivered meals.
According to Mason Kaufman, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, “We know there is a need for Meals on Wheels in Skaneateles. We’re excited to be able to provide our nutritious home-delivered meals to an area that is not being served. We’re anxious to be begin recruiting individuals, families, businesses, and service organizations to volunteer. Our volunteers deliver more than a meal, providing human contact and safety checks on meal recipients.
"I was very excited that they reached out and realized this corner of the country was not being reached," said Rev. Joellyn Tuttle, of Skaneateles United Methodist Church.
"It's a way that loneliness for elderly people is addressed through a secondary service and because we're going in daily to these homes it also is a safety net," said Rev. Becky Coerper of St. James' Episcopal Church. "They're really concerned about this not being a burden for people and being a pleasure and being a manageable thing for folks to do and I really would encourage anyone who'd the least bit interested to come and hear."
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is the 4th oldest Meals on Wheels program in the country, “Feeding homebound neighbors since 1959.” The Syracuse program served nearly 197,000 meals last year and anticipates serving well over 200,000 meals this year. For more information about Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, visit meals.org or call 315.478.5948.