Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Delivers 400 Blizzard Packs

Volunteers Helped 400 Seniors Prepare for Severe Weather

Syracuse, NY - February 7, 2015 - Meals on Wheels of Syracuse delivered Blizzard Packs to its meal recipients on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Nearly 40 volunteers made a special Saturday delivery to more than 400 homebound seniors in the city of Syracuse.

The blizzard packs will provide approximately two meals, one day of nutrition, for clients to have on hand during a blizzard or snowstorm. Each blizzard pack contains 3 juice boxes, 3 packages of crackers and jelly, 3 nutritious snacks, 1 can of turkey-ham, 1 cereal box, 2 packets of milk, and 1 can of fruit.

According to Mason Kaufman, Executive Director, “It’s rare that we close the city program due to weather, but we did on Monday (Feb. 2). Thanks to Onondaga County’s partial funding of the blizzard packs, we are able to provide a backup food supply for our clients!”

Michael Watrous, Volunteer Coordinator added, “We’re really thankful to have nearly 40 volunteers helping on a Saturday. We’re making improvements to offer our volunteers shorter routes and better directions. We’ve also had great success with offering more frequent orientations for new volunteers. Our next volunteer orientation is scheduled for Monday, February 9 at 3:00 PM.”

To attend the next volunteer orientation, contact Michael Watrous by calling 315.478.5948, x213 or email Volunteer@Meals.org.

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse delivered nearly 197,000 to homebound seniors last year. For more information, visit www.meals.org or call 315.478.5948.