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Vote for MOWWB!

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is in the February pool of charities at the Gault Auto Gives Back giveaway. Each month Gault Auto will donate $5,000 to split between two local organizations. One charity will be decided via the votes on a facebook video and one chosen via a committee.

$2,500 will go a long way toward helping feed and comfort the elderly, convalescent, handicapped and lonely in our community.

Cast your vote by putting "Meals on Wheels of Western Broome" in a comment on this facebook video.

Put A Little Love in Your Heart
by the greatest volunteers around

See more on our Facebook page.

2016 Subaru Share the Love Event

This says it all. The 2016 Subaru Share the Love Event was a big success.

MOWWB Cookbook is here!

The recipes in our new cookbook were compiled by our volunteers and are guaranteed to satisfy! Just $10 and available now at the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Room inside Our Lady of Good Counsel, 705 W Main St Endicott. Contact the office if you would like one mailed: 754-7856 or mowwb@stny.rr.com .

"Dear Neighbor..."

Our neighbors should not have to struggle to live independently and with dignity as they grow old. We respectfully ask for your support.

Remembering Three Exceptional Volunteers

We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of three outstanding Meals on Wheels volunteers- Fran Naylor, Doug Barton, and Joyce Kurkoski. We thank them for their tireless commitment to our program, having served for a combined 30 years! The compassion and love they showed to our clients was truly remarkable. They will be greatly missed.

Meals on Wheels Walk 2016

The MOWWB Walk-A-Thon will be held Saturday, August 06, 2016 at the Vestal Rail Trail. Register here.

WALKATHON 2016 SPONSORS!

Meals on Wheels Walk 2015

To Benefit Meals on Wheels of Western Broome

$10 Entry Fee (Includes T-shirt)

More Information:
Vestal Coal House Facebook Page
607-760-8431
vestalcoalhouse@stny.rr.com

2015 MOWWB Walk Registration Form

Help!

Donate $0...And a little time

Donate your favorite recipe(s) for the meals on wheels cookbook.

Go to typensave.com and log in with user name meals705 and password simmer941. Follow the instructions to submit your recipe.

You can email (mowwb@stny.rr.com) or bring your recipe to mow and we will copy to the web-site from here.

Make sure your name is on your recipie. Thanks!

Take our ‘TRUE OR FALSE’ Quiz!

Answers:

Save the Date: Pasta Dinner

From the MOWoA Newswire:

Young People Lift The Spirits of Older Adults One Valentine's Day Card at a Time

Valentine's Day is a time to spread love, but for the 43% of seniors who reported feeling lonely on a regular basis, Valentine's Day can be an especially hard time.

That's why DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change and AARP Foundation's Mentor Up are teaming up for the second annual Love Letters campaign that encourages young people to create handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults this holiday season. Handmade cards will be included in meal deliveries to Meals On Wheels clients across the country.

Actress and singer China Anne McClain best known for her roles in Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm and the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy is teaming up to support the campaign through a public service announcement. read more...

Thanksgiving Holiday

Meals on Wheels will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 21) and the day after (Nov. 22). Please fill out your 'Holiday Meal Notice' and return it to the office. If you do not know what you will need for the Thanksgiving Holiday, keep the notice and send it in when you know what you will need.

Thanksgiving meals (and weekend meals) will be delivered on Wednesday, November 20th with the regular meal delivery.

Request an Emergency Meals Pack

You can request that a two day EMERGENCY MEALS PACK be sent to you at any time. It is important to be prepared by having back up food items to be used when Meals on Wheels has to cancel delivery due to bad winter weather. Ask your caregiver to supply extra food items BEFORE the snow flies.

We're not asking you for a donation

Each year the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome Board of Directors sends a letter to the people of the community asking for a donation. This 'membership drive' is an important part of our mission-to involve the community and ask for their support. Meals on Wheels of Western Broome does not receive state or federal Office for Aging funding as most senior nutrition programs do. The support of the community is vital to enable us to continue to provide this service. We are not asking you for a donation. We just want you to know that your neighbors are an important part of keeping the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome service a strong entity in our community.

Faith in Action helps you stay independent

Faith in Action is a program sponsored by the Broome County Council of Churches and offers many services to help people live independently. Among others they offer help with grocery shopping, exercise plans, smoking cessation, stress relief and relaxation friendship and support. Please call the Meals on Wheels office if you would like more information about the Faith in Action services.

Please be ready for your delivery

Meal delivery begins at 11:15 each day. Please be prepared to receive your meal between 11:15 and 1:00pm. (Those of you who live close to our facility in West Endicott may receive your meals quite early.) Volunteers are instructed to make the deliveries as quickly as possible to ensure the meals are delivered at the required temperature.

Your new 'Choice Menu' is here!

Please circle either 'Menu A' or 'Menu 'B' each day with menu item you would like for the day. Return the menu to the next volunteer who delivers to you and it will return it to the office. We will record you choices on your menu record and return your menu to you.

Welcome to our new Volunteer Coordinator

We welcome the new Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie Tonon Pangilinan to our staff. We appreciate the time that Marlene Kadleck contributed for the past 10 months as Volunteer Coordinator. We wish her well in her retirement.

Spread the Word: We Need Volunteers

We are in desperate need of new volunteers. We have found that the best way of recruiting volunteers is by ‘word of mouth'. We… and you… depend on volunteers to help deliver the meals.

Speak to your family and friends who are in a position to volunteer. 2 volunteers are paired up to deliver meals to about 10 people in each neighborhood. Maps and directions are provided for each route. Please have them call the office to arrange a time to meet and start the application process.

Annual Pasta Dinner

The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome annual Pasta Dinner
Son's of Italy at 126 Odell Ave., Endicott
Thursday September 19th from 4:30-7:30

The cost is $8.50 per ticket. Contact the office if you would like to purchase a ticket as a gift-or can arrange to come yourself.

Get Ready!!!

The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome 'Choice Menu' will be coming to you with your September menu on or about August 19th.

When you receive the September menu, you will see 2 entrees listed for each day. Circle one of the choices and do the same for every day on the calendar and return it to the office. We will record your choices on your file in our computer and you will receive your choice on that day.

If you have any questions about the new menu, please call the office.

Birthday Quilters

If you have had a birthday anytime since starting with Meals on Wheels, you possibly could have received a very nice quilt. The people who create the quilts are avid quilters and do this especially for you. They LOVE quilting...and just can't stop! All of the materials for the quilts are donated...except the batting (the puffy stuff in between the layers). You can send a note of appreciation (with a donation if you wish) to:

The Interest Group, Betty Williams
c/o Dottie Stoddard
405 Willard Ave.
Vestal,NY 13850

Choice Meal Update

We have the final piece of kitchen equipment installed. We now have a brand new DOUBLE convection oven.

It turns out that the old oven was malfunctioning (even though we had it checked frequently) causing food to be overcooked. The steamer is a new cooking experience for us. We now can steam vegetables and other things rather than boiling. The 'holding unit' is just that. We can use that to ‘hold' some food items while completing the preparation of the rest of the meal. It will also free up some oven space so that we can prepare more baked goods. It's all a new experience for the kitchen staff as they readjust the schedule of food preparation each day.

So….the choice meal menu is being developed and analyzed for nutrition balance now. The first 6 week cycle is done and the 2nd cycle is being developed. Our first 'Choice Menu' will go out to you in September. When you get the menu, circle one of the 2 entrées listed and send the menu back to us. You don't HAVE to fill out the menu – you will still receive meals according to your normal meal schedule – you just won't have your choice. If you prefer one entrée item over another you will have to circle your choice on the menu and return it to the office. We will send your menu back to you when we have your choices recorded in our computer system under your name. Also, if one entrée is something that is not on your personal diet you must choose the alternate. Many of the diet restrictions we USED to follow for you will now be your responsibility to monitor.

The Meals on Wheels staff has completed the nutritional education part of the Broome County 'Building a Healthful Food Environment' grant. As a result we have made a few changes in the menu to reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This in addition to upgrading the kitchen equipment has raised the level of the nutrition for you, our clients. If you have any questions or comments about your meals please feel free to contact our office.

More About Choice Meal Plans

Meal on Wheels of Western Broome is working on revising the menus to make them more nutritious by using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As we transition our menus, you will be seeing some changes to the diet you may be receiving.

By closely following the Dietary Guidelines and the latest therapeutic diet guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, American College of Gastroenterology, the American Diabetes Association, as well as other professional organizations, we can achieve a better balance of nutrients to meet your nutritional needs and still allow some of the food items that may have been omitted previously. When diets are too restrictive, it can lead to malnu-trition, which is both common and serious in the elderly and handicapped population.

For example:

Please rest assured that the meals that you are receiving are planned to meet your nutritional needs. All foods prepared and delivered to you are portion controlled, which is the key to balanced nutrition and adequate variety.

If you have any specific questions, please contact the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome office - 754-7856.

Please review this information with your doctor.

Please have your doctor contact our office to discuss any special diet needs for your situation.

Changes are coming!!!

With Spring comes sunshine, warm days, colorful flowers and renewal! While Mother Nature oversees the sunshine, nice days and colorful landscapes, here at Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, we've been working on the renewal part! With a new focus on meeting or exceeding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 we're taking steps to assure that your meals are as nutritious as they can be!

Most of you have heard of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. It is science-based advice on how to eat for health. This nutrition guidance is intended to help consumers make better food choices. The guidelines have gained more importance lately as research is finding that the typical American diet continues on an unhealthy path. Many of us tend to make food choices out of convenience and rely on many processed foods, depriving ourselves of much needed nutrients every day while over-consuming too much of what isn't good for us. Improving what we eat and being active will help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. The Dietary Guidelines offer key messages to encourage us to make small changes that will benefit our health in the long run. A few simple ways we can start on a healthier path: Eat more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, be more careful about sugar and salt, and drink more water. At MOWWB we've taken on the challenge of working to provide you with meals on that healthier path! As always, we encourage you to call and discuss the menu keeping in mind that we are working toward a healthier menu and that we serve 190 people each day.

The 'Choice Menu' is coming soon, too

We just received the last piece of equipment needed to be able to prepare two entrées each day. Our nutrition training is almost complete and the 1st menu in place. When the staff has learned how to use the equipment, incorporate and prepare some new menu items we'll begin the choice menu program.

Holiday Meal Notice

On Monday, May 27th, Meals on Wheels will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday. You will receive a "Holiday Meal Notice" in your paper bag asking if you want a meal for the holiday. On Friday May 24th you will receive your holiday meal to be used for Monday, May 27th. Check the "YES" or "NO" box according to your need. Please give the notice to the volunteer who delivers the next meal. Please return the notice with your choice marked so that we know that you understand that there will be no meal delivery on the holiday-Monday, May 27th.

New Equipment and Nutrition

There has been a lot of activity here at Meals on Wheels of Western Broome over the last few weeks. Several new pieces of kitchen equipment have arrived and are installed. Funding for this equipment came from The Decker Foundation, The Mee Foundation and The Wal-Mart foundation. The new equipment is in anticipation of starting our new 'Choice Meal' plan.

In addition to this project, we received funding from The Broome County Department of Health to help us develop a food purchasing policy that will reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Our new menu will offer your choice of 2 entres (the 'hot' meal) and will be more nutritionally balanced. To do this we will work with Dr. Christina Hasemann of NY Penn Nutrition Services. Dr. Hasemann is a Registered Dietitian and works with the Ideal and Lourdes Long Term program clients. She will be instructing the Meals on Wheels staff in developing a menu using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We will pass on more information as the project is developed. The staff is very excited about this new project and are excited to learn more about nutrition.

We Could Use A Hand!

The warmer weather is sure to take hold eventually. Many of our volunteers who have been away all winter are returning. We have recruited many new volunteers to help keep our delivery routes manned. It has been a struggle this winter season to have enough volunteers to deliver. If you know anyone who is has the time during the day to help us have them give us a call. We are flexible in scheduling volunteers around other activities they may be involved in.

Clients MUST be Home to Accept Meal Delivery

Your cooperation is appreciated in following our policy that you must be home to accept you meal when we deliver. Good food safety practices and Health Department mandates demand that the meals we deliver NOT be left in a garage, doorstep, porch any other place where it may be tampered with or neglected. Please do not leave notes or request that the meal be left on the porch or garage. It's just not responsible on our part and puts us in a very risky position.

It's very simple to just call and cancel for the day-if you are going to be away from home-pick something up on your way home. You can call and request 2 meals the day before so there is something available for you on you appointment day. If someone does your grocery shopping for you add food items that can be used for this purpose.

We Can Help More!

We have many new people who have requested Meals on Wheels services. We are pleased to be able to help more people who want to stay in their own home but need a little help with meals. Our staff and kitchen area are equipt to get the job done and the volunteers are ready to go! Welcome, to all new clients.

Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed

It takes 55 volunteers each day to deliver meals to the Meals on Wheels clients in Western Broome County. If you know someone who has recently retired or available during the day please ask them to consider delivering meals in Endicott, Endwell, Vestal, Johnson City or Maine. We have orientation and training to be successful in delivering meals. There are volun-teers who drive and a 2nd person rides with the driver and takes the meals to the client. The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome web-site has more information. Call the Volunteer Coordinator, Marlene, to set up a time to meet and learn more. It's a very rewarding experience and you meet a lot of very nice people (clients and other volunteers).

Choice meal program in coming!

We have been approved for the funding to proceed with the next step in starting the choice meal menu program. When the kitchen conversion is complete we will begin to offer 2 entrées each day. In the mean time we are learning the ordering and menu planning side of the operation. Your menu will show 2 main entrees (A & B) and you will circle your choice and return the menu to the Meals on Wheels office. We enter your choice on your computer file here and your choice will be indicated on your meal label each day. If you do not return the menu with your choice of entrée then you will automatically get the "A" menu item.

Your Donation Will Help Even More in March & April

In March and April all donations will be considered part of "The Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger". Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is considered a "senior nutrition" that fights senior hunger. As a private not-for-profit organization, Meals on Wheels of Western Broome conducts several fundraisers throughout the year. (Government funded programs can not conduct fundrais-ers.) All donations received will count toward our portion of the $1 million dollars that The Feinstein Foundation gives away each year. Read a description of the program here [pdf].

Spread the Word About MOWWB

The number of people who receive Meals on Wheels has increased slowly. We are able to serve many more people than we do now. It seems that after the 2011 flood we lost many potential clients that may have had to be relocated. We are encouraged that we have had a recent increase in the number of clients we are helping. We hope that the service is helping you. Please tell your friends, family and even your doctor that Meals on Wheels has helped you stay in your own home, or improved your health. Your doctor can surely use your experience with Meals on Wheels to help other patients. The volunteers are surely an asset to your daily meal delivery.

March Calendar

March Flower - Daffodil

March is also:

Happy Birthday to all of you who are "March" babies!!!

Thank You New Volunteers

A BIG THANKS!! To the community for stepping up to help Meals on Wheels. We have 12 new volunteer since last November. This takes the pressure off of the 'regular' volunteers and allows some veteran volunteers to retire. Of course a few volunteers are away for the winter...lucky them!!!!

Meals on Wheels ...for Pets

Our pet food give-away is still in progress . There are about 12 people who requested a delivery of pet food that was donated by the Banfield Pet Hospital in Vestal. If you would like to receive some of the free pet food (cat or dog), please call the office and we will send you some. Those of you who have received pet food will continue to receive it until the food is gone. We'll send it our as long as the supply lasts. The donation will more than likely happen again in December.

Call For Emergency Meals Before Snow

Although the days are supposedly getting longer, we still have some winter weather coming. If you need emergency meals please call the office. We will send 2 day worth of emergency meals (shelf save & frozen food). We have had 1 snow day so far and will automatically send out a 2nd emergency meal pack after the next snow day...which may be Friday, January 25th.

Choice Coming Soon

The 1st phase of the 'Choice Meal' project is near completion. The Choice Meal project, when complete, will offer 2 main entrées each day. You will receive a 8 week menu with an "A" and "B" entrée choice. You will circle your menu choice for the whole 8 weeks and return it to the office. We will track your choice on your data file here in the office and the food service staff will prepare the meals according to the number of requests for each meal. Hospitals use this system. If you do not return the menu to us you will always receive the A menu item. We hope to have the Choice Meal plan ready to implement by the April 1st.

MOWWB Will Be Here

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is registered as a Charitable Organization with the New York State Charities Bureau. This means that we are responsible for filing the appropriate not-for-profit forms with New Your State and the IRS. As a private not-for-profit, we do not receive government funding (tax payer money). Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is audited each year by an accounting firm not involved in the day to day aspects of the Meals on Wheels program. We have to have the appropriate insurance to cover our kitchen and office equipment. All of the labor laws are understood and applied. We have a Certified Public Accountant as our treasurer. And much more... So, you see that we have been a viable organization since 1969 and plan to keep this service available to the community for meal recipients and volunteers.

We Can Help Someone You Know

Many Meals on Wheels programs who are funded by the government/tax payers have strict guidelines that must be followed. For example, nobody under 60 years of age can receive Office for Aging Meals on Wheels unless they are severely disabled and under a Long Term Care program. This means that by the constraints of their funding they can only serve so many people and some people may have to wait until their turn comes up before they can receive Meals on Wheels service, NOT SO for Meals on Wheels of Western Broome. We are ready to serve even more people than we do now. So, please let people know that Meals on Wheels is ready to help more people.

HAPPY NEW YEAR...again?!?!

Many of you have seen lots of new year come to pass. What will 2013 bring us? For Meals on Wheels of Western Broome we hope to serve MORE people and MORE meals! We're ready to get meals out to as many people as possible. Our community members have been sending holiday donations to help the Meals on Wheels budget end in the positive, and hope to begin the new year the same. Thanks to those donors we looking good budget- wise.

Choice Meal Menu Coming Soon

The staff is excited about the 'choice meal' project we have been working on. This means that in March or April we will have everything in place to begin to offer 2 entrée meals each day. You will receive a menu with the 2 entrees listed and return the menu to us to record your meal choices for the entire month. We will return your menu to you so you know what you have chosen each day. If you have any questions about this change in our menu, please call.

Essential Help from Aging Senior Resource Line

The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome staff and volunteers take pride in providing this service to you….and others in our community. Yet-there may be other things you may need help with. Do you need legal help? Do you need household help, or a haircut? We can help you make connections with people that can help you with those needs. You can call the Office for Aging Senior Resource Line directly at 778-2411. Don't feel that others are more deserving, or there are others that are more needy, or that you have too much income. There is no need to 'do without' an essential, everyday quality of life existence.

Be Ready for the BIG Snow

Well...it was snowing a minute ago...not now...can't make up it's mind. Please be prepared for that time when we get hit with a BIG snowstorm. Make sure you have food stashed away in case Meals on Wheels has to a closing due to bad winter weather. Watch the major network TV stations for weather reports and keep in mind that bad weather effects our delivery of meals. Listen to AM radio station WNBF channel 1290 - they announce the closings. The TV station scrolls the closing announcements across the bottom of the screen and may be hard to see.

Do you have a cat or a dog?

The Banfield Pet Hospital, Dr Weaver DVM in Vestal, has been collecting pet food donations for Meals on Wheels clients. Meals on Wheels of Western Broome has a supply of cat and dog food that has been gathered to be distributed to Meals on Wheels clients. If you would like some FREE cat or dog food, please call the office-754-7856-and we will deliver that to you with your meal. We still have to pick the donated supply up from Dr. Weaver's office.

Closed 12/25 & 1/1

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed on Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas Day and Tuesday, January 1st for New Years Day. Meals for Christmas Day will be delivered on Monday, December 24th. ..and meals for New Years Day will be delivered on Monday, December 31st. HOLIDAY MEAL NOTICES will be sent to you on Wednesday, December 12th. If you need us to send a meal to cover those 2 holidays, please fill out and return your HOLIDAY MEAL NOTICE as soon as possible. One of the volunteers can bring it back to the office. Please get your holiday plans in order and be prepared for this closure.

If you order the Christmas Day holiday meal the menu will be Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Peas & Carrots.

Keep up on bad weather

The approaching winter weather will affect our delivery of meals. Our policy is that when the area school districts close due to bad winter weather Meals on Wheels of Western Broome closes also. Please keep in mind that winter weather effects your meal delivery and listen to the weather reports daily. If you can not see the scrolling closing information at the bottom of the TV screen then you must rely on someone to let you know that Meals on Wheels is closed-OR-listen to WNBF radio station which is 1290 on the AM radio dial. They announce school and Meals on Wheels closings.

BE PREPARED...

You can order EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS from Meals on Wheels by calling 754-7856. This is a 2 day pack with shelf stable food items and 2 frozen entrees that you can save to use when Meals on Wheels delivery is cancelled.

If you do not order EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS from Meals on Wheels then you must keep extra food items on hand that you can use when Meals on Wheels closes. Canned or frozen foods are a good choice. Please keep in mind that you must be able to open the canned goods. Think of an alternative if that is a problem for you.

Welcome to 2 new staff members

We have 2 new staff people here at Meals on Wheels of Western Broome. Marlene is the new Volunteer Coordinator. Judy Harley has retired after 16 years on the job. We will miss her, but Marlene is catching on fast. You may get to speak to her when you call the office. Gail Hogancamp is a new kitchen staff person. She has worked in the catering business and we're happy that she has joined our team.

Looking for Volunteers

Meals on Wheels is a successful organization due to the wonderful volunteers who help deliver the meals. We need new volunteers to help us get the job done. If you know someone who is retired or will be retiring soon, please mention volunteering for Meals on Wheels to them.

Volunteers who deliver will be scheduled to one of the routes that cover the neighborhood where our clients live. They will work about 2 hours on the day they are scheduled. Maps and directions to the delivery stops are provided. New volunteers will work with a trained volunteer. We really need to add volunteers to our numbers during the winter when many of our volunteers head south. Have them call the office at 754-7856.

EMERGENCY MEALS

You can still order EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS. Emergency Meal Packs are 2 days worth of canned foods (and other items that do not need refrigeration) AND 2 frozen meal trays to be used when Meals on Wheels cancels delivery due to bad winter weather. You can order additional packs at anytime-just call the office-754-7856.

Closed Schools = Closed Meals on Wheels

Remember to watch the weather reports and keep in mind that if the area schools close Meals on Wheels closes also. The television stations will display the announcements on the bottom of the screen. You can also listen to radio station WNBF AM 1290 for the announcement.

Also remember to listen for "MEALS ON WHEELS OF WESTERN BROOME" announcement-there is a separate meals program in Binghamton. If you have family members in the area ask them to help you by calling you when Meals on Wheels closes to make sure you are aware of the closing.

Delivery time affected by weather

With the winter weather approaching, your delivery time may vary due to winter weather conditions. Driving and walking with snowy roads and sidewalks takes a little more time. This is another reason for you to be aware of weather reports on a daily basis.

Also, if you own the home you live in, it is your responsibility to hire someone to clear you sidewalks and driveway.

HOLIDAY MEALS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
AND THE DAY AFTER

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. You can order a meal ahead of time to be delivered each Wednesday, November 21. A 'HOLIDAY MEAL NOTICE' will be sent to you asking you to respond "YES" or "NO" to the holiday schedule. PLEASE GIVE YOUR NOTICE WITH YOUR RESPONSE TO THE VOLUNTEER TO BRING BACK TO THE OFFICE. Your returned notice with your 'yes' of 'no' response tell us that you understand the change in the holiday delivery schedule and are prepared.

Pasta Dinner

...to benefit Meals on Wheels of Western Broome

Thursday, September 20th

4:30-7:30

Sons of Italy

126 Odell Ave Endicott

$8.00

Ticket Info Call 754-7856

A Little About Donations To Meals on Wheels

Those of you who have added a donation to your meal payment have contributed to the recent Feinstein Foundation fundraising drive. We are very fortunate to announce that we raised over $20,000 with that fundraising event.

The money raised in all fundraising events goes toward the cost of food and packaging and other business related expenses like insurance and utilities. Your support added to the support of the people of this community ensures this service will be here to serve others who would benefit from the Meals on Wheels service.

While were on the subject, the fee charged for meals is used to purchase food and packaging and other related expenses like insurance, salaries and utilities. Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is an not-for-profit organization. We have to comply with the New York State Charities Bureau and submit reports to them every year. We have clients who enroll in Meals on Wheels through the Lourdes at Home and Ideal Long Term Home Health Care Program. Services through Fedelis Care will soon be offered. These people also have the need for skilled nursing through Lourdes and Ideal. We accept food stamp, charge/debit card and checks for payment. We do not receive federal or state funding to operate the program-that is why we charge a fee. We consistently ask for monetary donations from the community to keep the fee as low as possible. Actually, we could not provide the service on the client fee alone.

ALSO….we must recognize the volunteers that are a HUGE part of the success of the Meals on Wheels program. National statistics show that if we had to PAY people to deliver meals it would cost about $15.00 per hour. Over 300 volunteers donate their time to help package and deliver meals. So, the presence of the Meals on Wheels program in the community helps those who need the meals-AND-provides a opportunity for people to 'give back' to their community. The attitude of caring is an essential part of being a Meals on Wheels volunteer. We could not fulfill the Meals on Wheels mission without volunteers.

The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome mission statement is….to provide and deliver nutritious meals to homebound elderly and handicapped people of this community so they may maintain their independence and quality of life. Delivering meals in Endicott, Endwell, Vestal, Johnson City and Maine. The people of this community support this mission with donations since 1970.

Thank You, Donors!

Donations to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome received in MARCH and APRIL were counted toward the Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge Give-Away 2013!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL! OUR DONORS HELPED US RAISE $20,600.00!

Check the Feinstein Foundation's website for awards in our area.

Please Return Survey

The Meals on Wheels staff are always exploring menu options to provide a variety of meals. We encourage you to call the office or write a quick note to let us know what you think. Your opinion matters to us. We hope to have a survey out soon to help us understand what you like and what needs improving. Please fill out the survey and return it to the volunteer.

Updated Doctor's Note Needed for Choice Meal

While we are preparing to change to a 'choice meal' menu, we will be reviewing the way we work with special diet requests. We now require a doctors note with specific instructions on what foods are to be avoided. Please speak to you doctor about what your diet should be for any health issues you have. The doctors office can fax the information to us at 754-7856.

Prepare for Hotter Weather!

We have had some pretty hot days so far this summer. The general weather prediction for the rest of the year is that we will have higher than normal temperatures. Please prepare your household for weather related problems that may occur. Make arrangements for at least a fan to use during hot weather. Keep water-or some other cold non-alcoholic beverage-to hand to keep hydrated.

Make sure you have food items on hand-at all times-in case Meals on Wheels cannot deliver. Please feel free to contact us if you have some other need that you could use help with. We have many resources to help 'stay-at-home' people to remain in their own home as long as possible. You can also call the Broome County Office for Aging Senior Resource Line at 778-2411.

VOLUNTEERS ON VACATION

Many of our volunteers are retired and choose to use their time to deliver meals to you. We would not be able to provide Meals on Wheels service without volunteers. There are 55 volunteers who deliver meals EACH DAY. Being retired, they sometimes go away and we need to schedule a 'substitute volunteer'. An unfamiliar route - and road construction-can cause a short delay in the time you receive your meal. Our policy is that all meals will be delivered by 1:00pm. Feel free to call after 1:00pm if you meal has not been delivered yet.

Augustus, August, and the other months

After Augustus became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that he should have a month named after him. They choose the month of Sextillus (6th) because Augustus accomplished the defeat of Egypt , put an end to civil war, and '3 times entered the city in triumph' . To accommodate this change, they took a day from February. They switched September to 30 days so there would not be 3 long months in a row and changed the rest of the year to alternate the number of days each month. Tax dollars at work!!!!

Menu Subject To Change

You will notice that the menu always indicates that the 'menu may change without notice'. Last week during the hot weather the menu was changed to a 'cold platter' meal. This may happen again because we can not anticipate weather conditions when the menu is created.

Coming Soon: CHOICE MEAL Menu

The Meals on Wheels staff are in the planning stages of offering a 'choice meal' menu. This means that eventually you will be able to choose from 2 menu items each day. Your printed menu will show 2 meal entrée's-"A" or "B" - you will circle the menu choice you wish to have for each day of the month and send that menu back to the Meals on Wheels office. We will enter your choice on our system and your label will show your choice for the day. Your meal will be packed according to your choice. If you do not return the menu with your choice of meals circled you will automatically receive the "A" menu. We still have a lot of learning to do to put this plan into place. We will provide more information as we go along.

1% Milk

We will be sending 1% for all clients who receive milk. We will continue to provide juice as you have received all along.

EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS

...are still available. We offer these extra food items at all times to be prepared in case of an emergency. You may have used your emergency pack up and need to replace them. Don't be caught unprepared-call to order you emergency pack. At the very least make sure you have extra food items on hand in case Meals on Wheels can't get meals to you. There is a shopper service offered through the Red Cross (785-7207) or the Broome County Council of Churches (724-9130).

NEW MENU ITEM

On Tuesday, June 26th a 'cold meal' is scheduled. The menus during the summer months will occasionally include a 'cold meal' as a break from cooking a hot meal on hot summer days.

EMERGENCY PLAN

Meals on Wheels has an emergency plan in place to be able to continue meal delivery during an emergency situation. However, a situation may occur that we can't deliver.

We continually offer EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS to you as a part of the plan. You can request emergency food items to keep on hand when meal delivery has to be cancelled due to an emergency situation. (EG: the flood last September)

If you do not use the Meals on Wheels emergency pack you need to keep a variety of food items that do not require refrigeration or heating to be eaten. You also should keep a manual can opener on hand to use canned food items-or-make sure your canned foods are the 'pop-top' type. Bottled water is also necessary. Please call the office to order emergency meal packs.

Avoid Dehydration this Summer

As summer approaches make sure you drink plenty of water and keep your house as cool as possible. It is very easy to become dehydrated in hot weather. Keep a glass or bottle of water nearby during the day to remind yourself to drink. Water is recommended. Choose non-carbonated and unsweetened beverages like iced tea or diluted juice rather that soda, beer or sweetened drinks.

Delays Due to Construction

CONSTRUCTION areas around town may cause delays in delivery time. Please be patient-your volunteers will make every effort to deliver you meal on time. (The Vestal Parkway area is still being finished.)

If your meal hasn't arrived by 1:00pm, please call the office. 754-7856.

That Particularly Tasty Chicken

Every year the Sertoma Club of Endicott sponsors a Phil's Chicken BBQ to raise money to support various charitable organizations. The meal served on Monday, May 21 was from the Sertoma Club BBQ. Many years ago cartoonist Johnny Hart purchased and donated enough BBQ meals to feed the Meals on Wheels clients. The Sertoma Club continues this tradition and we thank them for their support.

Raffle Coming Soon!

The Sizzlen' Summer 50/50 Raffle will be underway in the next few weeks. Last year's winner won close to $2,000. If you would like to take a chance on the raffle, please call the office and we will send you the ticket information. The drawing will be September 17th.

How Meals on Wheels can help you

Meals on Wheels can connect you to other services that are available that may help you. Sometimes we think we don't need any help. But sometimes a little help would make our daily lives a little easier. An example would be: a problem understanding or following doctor's orders for your diet. You can talk to a nutrition counselor from the Office for Aging. 778-2411…… Another example would be if there is someone in your family threatens you or makes you feel uncomfortable in your own home. You can call Adult Protective Services at 778-2635. We have a list of services for seniors that can help you. Please call and let us help. 754-7856.

The Feinstein Foundation $Million Give-away

Donations from clients totaled almost $700 for March and April. Thank you – no matter how little – your donation counts toward the $20,000 goal. Donations help to subsidize the cost of meals. The fee charged is about half of what it cost to produce and deliver meals. Donations total $21,161.15 as of 4/24/2012.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week update

Thank you for sending your notes of appreciation for the volunteers who deliver meals. Last week was National Volunteer Appreciation Week. We neglected to include that information in your April newsletter. An editorial from Volunteer Coordinator, Judy Harley did appear in the Press & Sun Bulletin last week. Our volunteers en-joyed hot pizza each day last week. There is a 'continuous bottle drive' at Roma's on Nanticoke Ave. that earns money for some volunteers to use to help with the cost of gas. (Empty soda bottles/cans can be donated for Meals on Wheels of Western Broome at Roma's bottle redemption center on Nanticoke Ave.-just tell them it's to be donated to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome.) The volunteers enjoyed your notes and the pizza!!!

Who we serve

There is a misconception that Meals on Wheels is only for low income seniors. Meals on Wheels services are available for ANYONE who is somewhat homebound, does not have anyone to help shop for food or has trouble preparing meals for themselves. Some people need this service while family members are at work during the day. Meals on Wheels of Western Broome's services can accommodate more clients-SO-we encourage you to recommend Meals on Wheels to anyone who might benefit from the service. We have room on our list to serve MANY more people. Thanks!!!

THANK YOU!

...for answering our recent survey. We are trying to increase the number of clients served and meals prepared and you opinion counts. The responses were helpful to us in planning future menus and understand-ing your thoughts about the meals. Call the office if you missed the survey and would like to be included. If you still have the survey laying around –please fill it out and give it to the volunteer to bring back. You can call any-time if you have a question or concern about the Meals on Wheels service. 754-7856

Drink Plenty of Liquids

The summer months seemed to have arrived early. We encourage you to remember to drink plenty of liquids, especially water, during the hot weather. It's important to stay hydrated at all times, REALLY important in hot weather. (NOTE: this advice does not include beer or alcoholic beverages...sorry.)

An Appealing Menu

The food service staff enjoys being creative in preparing food items to provide an interesting menu for our clients. We try to provide a menu that appeals to the majority of people. We appreciate comments about the food items we send to you. You can write a note or give us a call. We also appreciate I when you can be specific about the food item you may want to comment on.

Like the Boy Scouts

The flood of last September has had long lasting effects on our community. Emergency response groups are coming together to look at ways to improve what they do to meet the needs of the community in an emergency. We usually only offer emergency meal packs in the winter months. As we experienced last fall, we always need to be prepared for emergencies. Just like the Boy Scouts.

Please think about 'being prepared' for an emergency for yourself. Do you have canned food items that you can keep on hand in case of an emergency? Do you have someone who checks on you regularly that can get to you if your phone doesn't work? Keep your medications together where you can grab them if you have to leave in a hurry. To be prepared, you can request an emergency meal pack by calling the Meals on Wheels office-754-7856.

You and the Fiensteins

If you added a donation to your Meals on Wheels payment, your donation will be added to our current fundraising drive with the Fienstein Foundation $1 Million Giveaway. The more $$ we receive in donations in March and April the more of the $1 million we will get from the foundation. Thanks!!!

Doug's Fish Fry Next Friday

Meals on Wheels Of Western Broome

Friday, March 23rd

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Enjoie Golf Course Parking Lot

Route 17C - West Endicott

Dinners: Fish $10.25 * Shrimp $12.25 * Scallops $13.50

Sandwich only: Fish $6.25 * Shrimp $8.25 * Scallops $9.50

Sides: Cole Slaw $2.00 * Fries $2.00 * Bottled Drinks $2.00

Meals on Wheels gets 10% !!!

Subaru Share the Love Event benefits MOWWB

Matthews Subaru employees delivering meals for us

The fine folks at Matthews Subaru helped us deliver meals during the month of December. For the "Share the Love" program buyers of new cars can donate to a charity of their choice. Meals on Wheels was one of the five national charities chosen by Subaru and Meals on Wheels of Western Broome was the local beneficiary.

Susan and the guys from Matthews

Also, we had a donate button on the website homepage that would enter you into a drawing for 8 oil changes. Congratulations to our lucky winner on that one! And thank you to everyone at Matthews for caring about the Broome County community!

Two friendly visitors

For our involvement the national branch of Meals on Wheels gave us a $750 grant. Read more about that here.

We even made the news! Here's WBNG's story on the Share the Love event.

More than a job; More than a meal

Staff & Volunteers: The Director and Volunteer Coordinator (Sue and Judy) have been with Meals on Wheels of Western Broome 15 years. Many of the volunteers who are working with us now have been here longer than that. To all of us, this is more that just a job. We genuinely care about the people who receive the meals. The Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers strive to help our clients be able to remain in their own homes longer.

Some clients have received meal service for many, many years before the end of life comes. If you feel that Meals on Wheels has helped you this way, please think about designating memorial donations to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome as your legacy. Many times a Meals on Wheels client goes to the hospital or nursing home for a short time and then memorial donations go to that care facility when Meals on Wheels helped for many years.

Eleanor in Endicott received Meals on Wheels for more that 4 years while her family continued to operate their business on Washington Ave. Knowing that her meal would be delivered by the volunteer assured them that she would have something to eat for lunch and someone would see her during the day. They knew that the service was important in helping Eleanor stay in her own home and requested that memorial donations go to Meals on Wheels.

Notify us BEFORE your cancellation

Please call the office the day before your cancellation. You can call in your cancellation days, or weeks ahead of time. We can enter all cancellations into our system ahead of time-this helps us plan our meal production and eliminates 'last minute' errors. You can check your calendar on Monday for any appointments that week and call us then to adjust your meal delivery schedule.

We Want to Know Your Opinion

Many of you are good at calling the office when there is a question about your meals. We encourage you to call when you have a problem as well as a compliment. We need your opinion on the foods you receive. This is the only way we know that the meals are meeting your needs. We can adjust our menu items when something is un-popular.

The Numbers Game

We have many new volunteers who have join our organization to help deliver meals. It takes 55 different people each day to deliver the meals. New volunteers are important to be able to cover the delivery area properly. It's encouraging that people are interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Now we just need to have more people to deliver meals to.

Shelf Safe Food Available

We still have emergency meal pack food items on hand. If you would like a 2 day pack of shelf safe food and 2 frozen trays to have on hand to cover a weekend or for general use , please call the office.

SPECIAL DIETS AND DIET INFORMATION.

We strive to make all meals low salt and low fat for all meals sent to out clients. Special diet conditions that we have added to our normal food production routine are: Diabetic (no concentrated sweets), Bland, Cardiac, and Diverticular Disease, lactose free, soft, grind and puree.

We encourage our clients to talk to us about any special dietary needs-we may be working with other clients who are requesting the same type of meals. We like to discuss any special meal requests with our client to make the meals as usable as possible. Please call the office to discuss how we may possibly help make your meals meet your needs.

While we attempt to do this not every and all changes can be accommodated. But we won't know unless we discuss your situation together.

EMERGENCY MEALS

There are shelf safe food items available from Meals on Wheels for you to keep on hand if meal delivery is cancelled due to bad winter weather. We have been fortunate so far this season to have escaped having to cancel delivery. However, if you have used some of your shelf safe meal packs-or if you are new to the program and have not received one yet, please call the office to order a 2 day pack to be delivered to you.

REMEMBER

...if the area schools close due to bad weather, then Meals on Wheels of Western Broome closes also. The TV stations list the closings at the bottom of the screen. You can listen to AM radio station WNBF at 1290 on your radio dial. Other stations are notified of the closing, as well. They announce the closings often throughout the morning. Please check the weather reports each day to be prepared for this eventuality.

Elder Services Information

The Broome County Elder Services Guide is available to anyone who need information about additional in-home services. This guide lists services including legal assistance, home adaptation, dental, caregiver and mental health services...to name a few. You can call the Senior Resource Line at 778-2411 to find the help you need.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are working feverishly to add new volunteers to our volunteer staff. We need 55 volunteers a day to help package and deliver meals to you. Please encourage family members to consider joining our volunteer crew. Our volunteers say that it is a very rewarding experience.

EMERGENCY MEALS

You can still order EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS. Emergency Meal Packs are 2 days worth of canned foods (and other items that do not need refrigeration) AND 2 frozen meal trays to be used when Meals on Wheels cancels delivery due to bad winter weather. You can order additional packs at anytime-just call the office-754-7856.

Sources for Inclement Weather Info

REMEMBER to watch the weather reports and keep in mind that if the area schools close Meals on Wheels closes also. The television stations will display the announcements on the bottom of the screen. You can also listen to radio station WNBF AM 1290 for the announcement. Also remember to listen for "MEALS ON WHEELS OF WESTERN BROOME" announcement-there is a separate meals program in Binghamton. If you have family members in the area ask them to help you by calling you when Meals on Wheels closes to make sure you are aware of the closing.

VOLUNTEERS: Time to think about the weather

With the winter weather approaching, your delivery time may vary due to winter weather conditions. Driving and walking with snowy roads and sidewalks takes a little more time. This is another reason for you to be aware of weather reports on a daily basis. Also, if you own the home you live in, it is your responsibility to hire someone to clear you sidewalks and driveway.

HOLIDAY MEALS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEARS DAY

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed Monday, December 26th and January 2nd for the Christmas and New Years Holiday. You can order a meal ahead of time to be delivered each Friday before these 2 holidays. A "HOLIDAY MEAL NOTICE" will be sent to you asking you to respond "YES" or "NO" to the holiday schedule. PLEASE GIVE YOUR NOTICE WITH YOUR RESPONSE TO THE VOLUNTEER TO BRING BACK TO THE OFFICE. Your returned notice with your "yes" or "no" response tell us that you understand the change in the holiday delivery schedule and are prepared.

A Moment to Remember Marilyn

Meals on Wheels client and former volunteer, Marilyn Bombard, passed away in September. Marilyn was also one of the people who helped get the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome program started in 1969. Among other community programs Marilyn was deeply involved in, Meals on Wheels was dear to her heart.

Ultimately Marilyn and her husband Alan began receiving Meals on Wheels service. Marilyn and her husband were prominent people in the community, financially independent and had family members at their side through these "declining years". Yet, they really needed the Meal on Wheels service. Their daughter is the primary care giver but she also works. With home health assistance and Meal s on Wheels Marilyn and Al were able to stay in their own home.

When Marilyn died her family designated that donations be sent to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome in her memory. Memorial donations are a wonderful way to honor someone life-and help the services to continue for the future. You can send memorial donations to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome to honor someone's life and please ask your family to designate memorial donations to Meals on Wheels to honor your life– as Marilyn's family did for her.

Thanksgiving Closure

MEALS ON WHEELS OF WESTERN BROOME will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. You will receive a Holiday Meal Notice to order your holiday meals to be delivered on Wednesday, November 23rd (along with weekend meals if you use them). Please respond to the notice if you DO or DO NOT need holiday meals. Your returned notice will tell us that you are preparing for the holiday closure.

Emergency meals during closing

EMERGENCY MEALS were delivered on October 19th. If you need additional meals between now and when we plan to send them again, please let us know. A 2nd set of 2 days worth of meals will automatically be sent out when we have closed for 2 days due to bad weather. If you did not ask for emergency meals REMEMBER to be prepared with extra food items to be used when Meals on Wheels closes. Also, remember to listen to WNBF radio channel 1290 AM for the closing announcement from Meals on Wheels of Western Broome. The television scrolls the announcement across the bottom of the screen and may be hard for some people to read. The radio will announce closings regularly.

DOG GONE IT!!!

The Meals on Wheels volunteers have recently had some trouble with dogs when delivering meals. Please have your dog restrained - secured in a room with a closed door - during meal delivery. The volunteer is told "the dog won't hurt you" or "it's a friendly dog" and then the dog proceeds to jump on them or otherwise make the meal delivery difficult. PLEASE be responsible and know that dogs are unpredictable and can feel threatened by a visitor and my act on fear.

FLOOD UPDATE

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome was closed for 3 days following the flood. Mostly due to impassable roads, and volunteers who could not get here. Initially, about 12 clients were relocated-6 of them are unable to return home at this point. The loss of these clients and the normal attrition of clients has reduced the number of clients we were serving. Over the last few days the meal count has increased a little. It's a case of "if you don't use it you loose it." Meaning the more we serve the better. The popular opinion is that the service is "only for low income people" which isn't true. Our services are available for anyone who is in need...and the mission is to help people remain in their own home for as long as possible. Thank you forusing your community home delivered meal service.

Welcome Maria

We welcome Maria Barba to our office staff. She will be answering the phone when you call as soon as she feels comfortable with our operation.

EMERGENCY MEALS

We are in the process of ordering the food for your emergency meals. When you request emergency meals you will receive 2 days of shelf stable meals to be delivered in October. When those 2 meals are used up we will automatically send you another 2 day emergency pack-with a 3rd pack supply at the ready. Please fill out the form attached to receive your emergency meal pack.

Diabetics and Special Diets

YOUR MEAL LABEL has notes on it specific to your dietary needs-as you have expressed them to us. The notes explain to the kitchen staff what they need to know in order to pack the appropriate foods for you. For example if you bag labels says "diabetic" then your bag is packed with diabetic food items at the "diabetic station" area of the kitchen. The bags for non-diabetic dietary needs are packed at the "special diet" area of the kitchen. Your foods put into the tray are handled similarly. The hot meals do not usually contain foods with sugar, so most entrée items do not need any special attention for diabetics. Diabetics should limit starches (pasta bread etc.). We try to plan pasta meals for only once a week to help diabetics with that issue. If you have any questions about how we handle special diet needs, please call the office. We can only help you if you talk to us.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 27th. The Meals on Wheels Board of Directors finds sponsors for this event so that the expense does not come from our program budget. There are over 300 volunteers who help pack and deliver meals to about 200 people who receive Meals on Wheels. We honor our volunteers with this event because the meals would not get to you without them. We recently found out that Chenango County (just north of Broome County) PAYS drivers to deliver meals. This community is so blessed to have caring peo-ple making it a better place to live.

Update Your Emergency Contact Record

We will be updating your emergency contact record. Please fill out the EMERGENCY CONTACT form and give it to the volunteer to return to the office. It?s important to have this information on file in case of an emergency. Thank you.

You must be home to receive your meal

Please!! Do not ask us to leave meals outside of your house-on a porch or in a garage. Please do not leave notes on your door asking the volunteer to leave the meal. The New York State Department of Health prohibits to leaving meals unattended.

To comply with Department of Health regulations, Meals on Wheels of Western Broome's policy states that 'you' (or someone) must be home to accept the meal at delivery time. If you expect to be away during delivery time, please call and cancel the day before. All volunteers are instructed in this policy. Keep in mind that last minute changes wreak havoc in getting 50 volunteers and 300 meals on the road.

Goodbye Lori

We say 'goodbye' to Lori-who worked here in the office and often answered your phone calls. She has moved on to another job. We wish her well. We will be hiring someone to take her place as soon as possible. Until then we appreciate your patience in accommodating your requests. Please understand that this is a busy place and we will make every attempt to handle your calls promptly.

FUNDRAISERS

Fundraisers are an important part of the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome organization. We have 2 fund-raisers in September. We have a 50/50 raffle that will be drawn at the Apple Fest (Sat. Sept 17). You can enter now for a cash prize of $1,900-probably $2,000 by the drawing date. The tickets are $5.00 each, 3 for $10, and 5 for $15. Call if you would like to enter. Also, our Pasta Dinner is Tuesday, September 27th from 4:30 to 7:30pm at the Son's of Italy on Odell Ave. Encourage your family members to support us. Call for ticket info-nice gift for someone who helps you. The tickets are $8 each. Fundraiser help us to keep the cost of meals from increas-ing drastically.

We have 'em but we're always looking for more!

Volunteer coordinator Judy Harley has been working hard at processing new volunteers. We are proud to say that we have over 300 volunteers. Volunteers find that delivering meals is a very rewarding experience. They enjoy meeting and getting to know the people (you) that they deliver to. They see first hand how what they do helps someone. Encourage your family members to become involved in Meals on Wheels-or some other volun-teer activity that may interest them. Especially if they have just retired and are looking for something to do. Our volunteers work just 1 day a week. We also have volunteers who work in the kitchen packaging meals.

September Closing

Meals on Wheels will be closed Monday, September 5th. Notices were sent to you to request a meal to be delivered on Friday, September 2nd (NOT AUGUST 2ND THAT WAS PRINTED ON THE NOTICE-SORRY). Please make sure you CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU NEED HOLIDAY MEALS AND DID NOT SEND YOUR NOTICE IN.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be prepared for emergency weather situations. Bad weather-or any other kind of emergency– can happen at any time and will effect your daily routine. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have extra food items on hand in case Meals on Wheels cannot deliver. Every attempt is made to make sure that we have a plan in place to be able to get meals to you. We can get emergency meal packs to you at any time, but you have to let us know that you need help. Please call the office to discuss your situation and to plan ahead.

Don't wait until it is too late.

Practice Discretion.

We understand that many of our clients just don't feel well and may feel the most comfortable dressed in pajamas. Please check that you are properly covered when you answer the door-or wait until you are covered to answer the door. Our volunteers thank you !!!!

HEAP-Home Energy Assistance Program.

Attention NYSEG customers!!!

Save MORE money on your NYSEG bill. If you receive HEAP assistance, you can also receive an additional discount from NYSEG. You have to provide proof that you receive HEAP. You will need a letter from the department of social services or the office where you applied stating that you receive HEAP.

If you do not receive HEAP you may be eligible. If you are a NYSEG customer and your household income is less that $2,784 per month (gross) you may be eligible for HEAP. You can only apply in April and May, but call now to get the information needed to apply. HEAP will reduce your NYSEG bill. Call: NYSEG 1-800-572-1111 0 R 1-888-315-1755 Call : Department of Social Services-HEAP at 785-7207

HOME REPAIR

Small home repairs and professional repair referrals when necessary. Low and moderate income seniors or disabled in Broome County. Call First Ward Action Council 772-2850 -OR- Broome County Office For Aging 778-2411.

Closed for Labor Day

Meals on Wheels will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. (Yikes, where did this summer go!!!) You can order meals for the holiday ahead of time and they will be delivered on Friday, September 2nd with that days meal delivery.

You will receive a holiday meal notice to fill out (Yes or No) and return to the office. Please fill the notice out as soon as possible so that we can calculate the meals needed for the holiday.

Labor Day

Peter McGuire is considered the Father of the Labor Day holiday. An Irish-American cabinet maker and pioneer unionist proposed a day dedicated to all who labor at a meeting of the Central Labor Union on May 18,1882 where he stated, "Let us have, a festive day during which a parade through the streets of the city would permit public tribute to American Industry.". He is described as a red-headed, fiery, eloquent leader of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

Throughout the years labor and management were polarized. By the mid to later 1960's, as big labor's leaders lost much of their clout with the rank and file, many workers spent the three-day holiday enjoying backyard barbecues, boats and summer cottages: the fruits of their victories. This explains why modern day labor day celebrations usually are about one last summer fling- be it barbecues or last minute getaways- the holiday is no longer marked by parades and marches for unionism.

There's No Place Like Home

"There's no place like home" but if your home is not a safe, weloming place for you to be you can find help with the Family Violence Prevention Council. Call 778-2635 if family members or caregivers make you feel unwanted or unsafe you need to get help.

June 15th was National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Family Violence Prevention Council and Meals on Wheels throughout Broome County collaborated to get information to you. You can speak to the volunteer who delivers or the office staff if you would like to discuss this concern.

Thanks for the Hydrangeas

We thank Angeline's Florist And Greenhouse on Washington Ave. (748-7345) for donating hydrangeas to Meals on Wheels clients in June. The flowers were from Fr. Clarence's anniversary celebration at the Church of the Holy Family, Endwell. Owner Don Morley's mother received Meals on Wheels service for many years. Thanks!!!

Halfway mark in the year

It's hard to believe that we are almost half way through the year! Let's hope we have a nice long summer to remember in the coming winter days.

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome has served over 40,000 meals so far this year-and has helped 100 new people with home delivered meal service. We deliver meals to 200 people each day. We're happy to do it and can certainly serve more meals and people.

The Meals on Wheels Association of America's slogan is 'so no senior goes hungry'. Meals on Wheels programs are dedicated-across the country-to help seniors remain in their own homes. Relax and enjoy your Meals on Wheels service.

Closed for the Fourth

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed JULY 4TH for the holiday. You would have received a Holiday meal notice last week. If you haven't returned your notice please call the office immediately. We need to calculate the amount of food needed to cover the holiday so that we have enough for everyone-or-we won't have leftover food that may not last over the holiday weekend. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sizzlin' Summer 50/50 Raffle !!!!

Purchase tickets for the 50/50 Raffle here.

A LEGACY OF CARING

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome has made many friends in the 40 years of service to the community. Of course the volunteers understand the importance of what Meals on Wheels is doing. The lasting memory of delivering meals to people who truly need the service compels them to include Meals on Wheels in their will to ensure the services are in place for years to come. Likewise, clients who have received the service understand that those who came before contributed to the Meals on Wheels program through bequests because the service helped them to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

We hope that the Meals on Wheels service has enabled you to stay in your own home longer. Please remember to encourage your family members to donate to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome and designate memorial donations to this vital cause.

Thank you!!!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!

AT THIS TIME OF YEAR THERE ARE MANY ROADS THAT ARE BEING REPAIRED. DELAYS DUE TO INTERUPTIONS IN TRAFFIC AROUND CONSTRUCTION AREAS ARE UNAVOIDABLE. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN WAITING FOR YOUR MEALS TO ARRIVE.

Upcoming Events

Meals on Wheels thanks Robby's Farm Market & Café for helping us with our 'Flower Sale' fundraiser on May 20 & 21st. We were able to raise $461.00 for the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome program.

Other fundraising efforts include a 50/50 raffle that will run all summer-we will draw the winning ticket on Sept. 17th at the Endicott Apple Festival. Tickets are $5 each - 3 for$10 or $25 for 10 tickets. Call the office if you would like a chance to win. Last year's winner received $2,130!!!!

Also, we have a Quilt Raffle that will run through September 27th when we will draw the winning ticket at the Pasta Dinner fundraiser. This quilt is yellow with floral butterfly squares. Quilt tickets are $3 each, 2 tickets for $5 or 5 tickets for $10. The quilting group in Vestal provides this quilt for us to raffle. If you would like a chance to win this quilt you can call the office for details.

'Faith in Action'

Could you benefit from a helping hand?

Faith in Action is a volunteer caregiving network for the frail, elderly, and disabled to receive a helping hand with a variety of non-medical tasks, such as transportation, friendly visits, and the Healthier Lifestyle Mentoring Program. Trained healthier lifestyle mentors work one-on-one to assist with meal-planning, light exercise, and encouragement, in order to live a healthier and more confident life.

Call Faith in Action
607-724-9130 ext.318

Visit their website.

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days are here!

"Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
The days of soda and pretzels and beer.
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
You'll wish that summer could always be here."

...Nat King Cole...1963

New Season, New Obstacles

Our winter weather is finally subsiding and spring has brought us rain and some sunshine. This season our obstacles are pot-holes and road construction. The winter was especially hard on the roads and we see road crews starting on projects all over town. Volunteers will navigate these situations as best they can. They are very determined to get your meal to you no matter what, but sometimes there are delays to be contended with. We appreciate your understanding and feel free to call with your concerns.

Closed for Memorial Day; Return Your Holiday Meal Notice

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

We will deliver a 'Holiday' meal to those who want them on Friday, May 27th. You will receive a 'Holiday Meal Notice' in your bag beforehand asking you to indicate your meal needs for the holiday (yes or no). Please fill out the notice and give it to a volunteer to return to the office even if you choose "no". When we receive your completed notice that tells us that you understand that there will be no meal delivery for the holiday. You can call the office with your response, also.

Memorial Day History

Originally Memorial Day was observed in local towns to honor the deaths of Civil War soldiers. The first official observance was May 5, 1868 in Arlington National Cemetery. After World War I it was changed to honor all soldiers who died in war rather than just the Civil War as before. Some southern states retain a separate day for Civil War recognition. Although observance of this day has diminished over the years, the 3rd US Infantry places small American flags on more than 260,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery on the Thursday before Memorial Day. We are proud that some of our villages and towns still observe the day with parades and special ceremonies.

'Thank you' to all our veterans.

Gas Advisory

We are greatfull that we haven't lost any volunteers due to the most recent increase in gas prices. We urge you to be watching and ready to receive your meals as soon as the volunteer arrives-if possible. The quicker the meal is delivered the less gas used while waiting.

There are several ways we try to help our volunteers keep going by providing a small stipend to help volunteers replace the gas they use to deliver. Many still donate their time and gas expense to deliver meals to you. There is a bottle redemption account set up at Roma's Bakery on Nanticoke Ave. in Endicott. People donate their bottle $ to Meals On Wheels for this cause. Some of the $ you add to your meal payment goes to help the volunteers with this expense. Every little donation adds up!!! Thanks for your help.

Annual Report

View the annual report for Meals on Wheels of Western Broome.

Client Donations

For those of you who pay from an invoice, "THANK YOU" for using the 'donation' part of your bill to add a little extra to your payment. Donations help us to continue to provide the Meals on Wheels service while keeping the cost to clients down.

Right now, we have a fundraising drive going through the end of April. This fundraising drive is in collaboration with The Feinstein Foundation. The more donations we receive the more of the $1 Million from The Feinstein Foundation we will receive. Mr. Feinstein gives $1 Million toward programs that fight hunger-across the country. So your neighbors across the community have been asked to donate during this fundraiser to make sure the "meals keep on wheeling". Your donation will be counted, too.

Faith in Action

"Helping Hands for Independent Living" Could you benefit form a helping hand? Faith in Action is a volunteer caregiving network for the frail, elderly and disabled to receive a helping hand with a variety of non-medical tasks, such as transportation, friendly visits, and the Healthier Lifestyle Mentoring Program.

Trained healthier lifestyle mentors work one-on-one to assist with meal-planning, light exercise, and encouragement, in order to live a healthier and more confident life.

Call Faith in Action today! 7249130- X318.

VOLUNTEERS

"THANK GOODNESS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS" It has been a struggle to get meals delivered to you this past winter. Let's hope that is all over. We are greatfull that none of our volunteers fell or got their card stuck or in an accident during the winter weather. We have many new volunteers who have made the commitment to deliver meals these last few months. We have a good reputation for providing a meaningful volunteer experience. Each day 55 volunteers help package and deliver meals to about 200 people. That's 55 DIFFERENT volunteers each weekday. April 10-16 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. We know is that we could not continue to provide the service without volunteer help.

Horray for Meals on Wheels Volunteers!!!!

Special Dietary Needs

We take pride in the fact that our kitchen staff attempts to accommodate some food preferences for our clients. Our standard procedure accommodates dietary issues such as diabetic, diverticulitis, and Lactose Free diets.

The label that comes on your meals indicates some of the information we have been given regarding your diet or request. If that information needs to be changed-or-you have questions about what is printed on the label, please call the office-754-7856.

IF YOU HAVE A DIETARY ISSUE THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO DISCUSS IT.

WINTER WEATHER REMINDER

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome closes when the area schools close for bad weather. We all rely on television to keep us informed about the weather. When Meals on Wheels of Western Broome closes the TV will list the closing on the bottom of the screen. If you can not see this then you must listen to WNBF 1290 AM radio. They will announce the closing. You can call the office if you are not sure.

ALSO, we have sent out EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS to use when Meals on Wheels closes. The packs are shelf safe and frozen meals to be saved and used when we close. The pack you received would cover 4 days of closing. We have used 2 days of the 4 day pack, so far. You can request additional EMERGENCY MEAL PACKS by calling the office. 754-7856.

We can't thank the Volunteers enough for their dedication to delivering meals in this cold weather. They are indeed special people who truly enjoy helping YOU. I know that you appreciate what they do and thank then in your own way. Your appreciation is what keeps them volunteering for Meals on Wheels.

KEEP WARM-SPRING WILL COME AGAIN!!

Helping As Many People as Possible

We continue to serve about 200 people each day. This number seems to be fairly consistent throughout this past year. This is good! In order to balance the cost effectiveness of running the lights, ovens, refrigerators etc. we need to explain to donors that we are helping as many people as possible. We like it when we hear good things about the meals service from you. We hope to be as successful in 2011.

A Great Place to Volunteer in Endicott

Our volunteer list is very full, as well. The other part of what Meals on Wheels of Western Broome does is to provide a quality volunteer opportunity to the community. We are very lucky to have the number of people interested in volunteering FOR YOU that come to us every day. Some volunteers work in the kitchen portioning and packaging meals. We have 50 different volunteers scheduled each day of the week.

Emergency Meal Packs

If you ordered an emergency meal pack, your December bill will reflect the extra meals. Please remember that in the coming months during winter you will not be charged for any days that Meals on Wheels is cancelled due to bad weather. Each pack was 4 days worth of food. Please call the office if you need to order another meal pack. We won't send out another pack until we have closed for a total of 4 days.

Clarification of Meal Price Change

If you receive   Your bill will increase
1 meal per day Monday through Friday $2.00 per MONTH
2 meals per day Monday through Friday $4.00 per MONTH
2 meals per day Monday through Sunday $6.00 per MONTH

Your monthly bill will increase depending on your individual meal plan.

(Thank you, James, for alerting us to the error in December's menu.) We apologize for the error.

Meal Price Changes

Meal Prices will increase for all current meal recipients as of Saturday, January 1st, 2011. If you receive 2 meals every day (including weekends) then your total bill for the month will increase $6.00. If you receive 2 meals every day Monday through Friday then your bill will increase $4.00 per month. You can call the office to discuss your specific increase-754-7856. We only increase meal cost once a year to keep up with food cost increases.

Christmas and New Year Holiday Schedule

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed on Monday, December 27th for Christmas and Monday, January 3rd for New Year holidays You will receive a notice with your meal asking if you want meals for those two days. Those meals will be delivered on Friday before with normal meals delivery. Please fill in the information according to your meal needs for the holiday's and return it to the office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Emergency Meal Notices

Emergency Meal Notices were sent out on November 22nd. If you have not done so, please return the notice as soon as possible with the box checked next to the choice that best suits your needs. Please remember that if you choose NOT to order emergency meals you must plan to have food items in you cupboard that you can use when Meals on Wheels closes for bad winter weather.

Closed for Bad Weather

Remember that Meals on Wheels closes when the public schools close for bad weather. Watch TELEVISION CHANNEL 12-WBNG for closings. The announcement scrolls across the bottom of the TV screen. If you can not see this notice on the TV screen , you can also listen to RADIO CHANNEL 1290-WNBF for announced closings. This policy of closing Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is to ensure that our volunteers are not traveling icy & snowy roads.

Get Your MOW Newsletter

The Meals on Wheels of Western Broome fall/winter newsletter was mailed out last week. If you would like a newsletter please call the office and request one. This newsletter has a request for donation envelope with it. Our donors are used to receiving this newsletter with the request for a donation at this time of year. We ask for donations from our friends in the community 2 times a year (late spring and fall). We also conduct several fundraisers throughout the year. Donations are important in helping us continue to provide this service to the community.

Hairdresser for the Homebound Available

We have a lot on new people who are receiving Meals on Wheels of Western Broome service. So, we repeat the following notice:

Licensed hairdresser, Connie Pompette of Absolute Hair in Vestal, will come to your home to cut and-or style your hair. She has been licensed for over 23 years, has references and is insured. "It would be my pleasure to assist you in the comfort of your home." says Connie. She has been offering this service for the last few years to both men and women. Please call 215-3399 (local call) to discuss you hairdressing needs and arrange an appointment.

(If you have had Connie come to you home to cut/style your hair, let us know if that was helpful.)

Thanksgiving Holiday Meal Schedule

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after (Thursday, November 25th and Friday November 26th). You will receive a notice with your meal asking if you want meals for those two days. Those meals will be delivered on Wednesday, November 24th. Please fill in the information according to your meal needs for the holiday and return it to the office as soon as possible. Thank you.

The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

On Thursday, October 21st the volunteers of Meal on Wheels of Western Broome were honored at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. 250 of our volunteers, and their guests, enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Orlando's Catering. Visions Federal Credit Union sponsored the event to help offset the cost, and many area business donated door prizes to be raffled to the attendees. Those volunteers deliver meals to about 190 people every day. We could not do it without them. Each day 50 volunteers help prepare and deliver 300 meals. They love what they do and they love who they do it for.

Closing Policy For Winter

During the winter months, Meals on Wheels of Western Broome closes when the schools close due to bad weather. You can order emergency meal packs to be delivered to you ahead of time in anticipation of bad weather closing. These packs consist of 3 shelf stable meals TO BE SAVED FOR USE when meal delivery has to be cancelled. The radio stations WNBF AM 1290 and WINR AM 680 are the best source for closing information. TV station WBNG channel 12 and WICZ channel 34 scroll the closing announcements across the bottom of the screen - so - if you can't see that scroll announcement then you must listen to the radio stations mentioned above. Keep in mind to be aware of the weather forecast and anticipate the possibility of closing.

Emergency Preparedness

The staff of Meals on Wheels of Western Broome have attended emergency preparedness information classes to better prepare our staff, volunteers and clients in the event of an emergency. If you have lived in the area any length of time you know what to expect when the weather threatens to interfere with normal daily life. Preparing ahead of time helps if and when bad weather effects the routine of YOUR day, also. YOU need to be able to take steps to be prepared when meals on wheels can't deliver meals-or-any other interruption of daily services may come to your home. The Red Cross "Be Ready" check list helps remind us of the basic tools your need to have on hand to help when an emergency occurs.

These are the basic items. A 'land line' non-cordless phone is best if the electricity goes out. Chances are that the phones will be working even if the electricity is out.

You, and your doctor.

Sometimes instructions from the doctor are unclear often leading to errors in medication or misunderstanding of your condition and how to take care of yourself. Here are some helpful hints to help you talk with your doctor during your visit.

Don't be afraid to ask!!!!

Three important questions that will help you understand your doctors instructions:

BRING THESE INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT-FOLLOWING THESE STEPS WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND INSTRUCTIONS FROM YOUR DOCTOR.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY AT HOME

Part of our mission is to provide meals to people who need a little extra help to be able to stay in there own home. Each person we serve has unique circumstances that are important to their ability to remain in their own home. We try to understand those unique circumstances and help as much as possible.

For the most part, it must be working because we are helping more people - our list of clients is slowly growing-and that is a good thing. We have information on other programs that offer services that might help you with daily living tasks. Our community has responded to the needs of seniors, and specifically, seniors who need in services that come to them in their home. Please feel free to call the office with any questions you may have about services that could help you at home.

OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR CLIENTS, TOO!!

Another part of our mission is to provide a quality volunteer opportunity for the community. People like to volunteer at Meals on Wheels because they love to get to see the people they deliver meals to.

THAT'S YOU!!!

You are the reason they keep volunteering for Meals on Wheels. They feel that they are REALLY helping someone. And, of course, get to know you and are gratified by knowing you. So, the staff sets the wheels in motion to create a relationship between the volunteers and those at home-and-deliver food and friendship.

Volunteering is an important part of our community. We are lucky to have a community with a sense of giving to others. On October 21, we will celebrate YOUR volunteers (all 312 of them) by hosting the 2010 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. If you would like to send a note of appreciation we would gladly display it for our wonderful volunteers.

Doug's Fish Fry at MOW

Meals on Wheels Of Western Broome

Monday, Sept. 27th

10:30 am-6:00 pm

Enjoie Golf Course Parking Lot

Route 17C-West Endicott

Dinners: Fish $10.00 * Shrimp $11.75 * Scallops $13.00

Sandwich only: Fish $6.00 * Shrimp $8.25 * Scallops $9.50

Sides: Cole Slaw $2.00 * Fries $2.00 * Bottled Drinks $2.00

Meals on Wheels gets 10% !!!

An Original Retires

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome has been delivering meals since 1970. Some of the people who were responsible for getting the program started in this community actually have delivered meals since 1970. Some have used the Meals on Wheels program for themselves. We honor the dedication of all of our volunteers-past and present.

Caroline Stone is one of those volunteers. She has recently 'hit a bump' in her physical health and has had to retire. The staff and her fellow volunteers lament her retirement having known her for many of the past 39 years of Meals on Wheels of Western Broome. We appreciate the legacy that she and the other 'founding' volunteers created for our community. We wish her well.

The Trouble with Last Minute Changes

Judy and Sue are the two office staff who try to help you when you call. The two of us are responsible for scheduling 55 volunteers and 180 clients every day. Sometimes we get as many as 10 to 15 meal and volunteer scheduling changes each day. The more last minute changes there are the more opportunity for error to occur.

When there are last minute meal changes requested we must let the kitchen staff know that there is a change in the number of meals to prepare. We also must change the volunteer's delivery schedule. We must make sure the meal labels and paperwork are corrected to accommodate the change. Accurate record-keeping is important to understand number of meals and number of clients served.

All of these steps are necessary because we-as humans-can not keep all of this information in our heads. This information helps us to understand how efficient we are in operating the program. Accurate records must be kept on each client who receives food and how much food they receive.

We need to know that our meals arrive TO YOU safely and that you are 'OK' when we see you and that the volunteer is successful in carrying out the job they have committed to do. We need to know that we are serving the people in our community effectively and using our staff, volunteer and resources ($$$) wisely.

Most days this process goes smoothly. But, occasionally a requested change gets mishandled and we apologize for the error. We hope that you understand how the process of getting close to 300 meals out each day can get messed up very quickly. We will gladly accept changes in your meal schedule even a week or more before the date you wish to change. Or- as soon as you know let us know. However, certainly understand when emergency situations occur. We appreciate your understanding.

Closed for Labor Day

Meals on Wheels will be closed on Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day Holiday. Please return your Holiday Meal Notice if you have not done so already. When you return your notice with your "YES" or "NO" checked we know that you understand that we will be closed that day. Please give the notice to a volunteer as soon as possible-so we know how many meals to plan for. Last minute changes are understandable in emergencies. Last minute non-emergency changes are difficult to accommodate with absolute accuracy, especially when there are a lot people wanting changes. Please make your holiday plans and then stick to that decision, if possible. Thanks!!

Sizzlin' Summer 50/50 Raffle !!!!

All entries will support Meals on Wheels of Western Broome!

Drawing Date: September 15, 2010

Just print these tickets and mail with your $ to

Meals on Wheels

705 West Main Street

Endicott, NY 13760

Please print your information on each ticket and separate all tickets before mailing.

Click here for a page of tickets

that you can print and return.

Thanks!

Good Italian Pasta Dinner - Help Out MOWWB

The 4th annual Meals on Wheels of Western Broome Pasta Dinner Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, September 14th 4:30-7:30 at the Son's of Italy on Odell Ave. in Endicott. Tickets are $8.00. Children under 6 free.

A night of dinner and fun:

Raffle Baskets ! 50/50 ! Quilt Raffle

If you would like to purchase tickets please call the office-754-7856.

You can give them to someone as a gift if you are unable to attend.

Take-out is available.

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome finalizes 2 Foundation Grant Awards

A 2 year - $10,000 grant award from The Community Foundation of South Central New York for the purchase of food for the home delivered meal program has been completed. The Feinstein Foundation Challenge Grant award netted $14,500 in funding for the program.

Endicott, NY, July 28, 2010: Meals on Wheels of Western Broome has completed 2 grant awards for program funding. "We are pleased with the outcome of both of these funding initiatives. The Community Foundation of South Central New York provided funding for the purchase of food which is so hard to find. Funding outside of our donor base is critical to continue to provide services to our homebound neighbor in Western Broome County. We were very excited to receive those funds." Said Susan Jacobs, Director. This 2 year contract agreement ended in July.

The Feinstein Foundation 2010 $1 Million Giveaway Challenge to Fight Hunger is a national initiative to fight hunger. "The value of this initiative is to spur fundraising for each participating organization. We asked for donations in March and April using the Feinstein Challenge to help us emphasize the importance of donating to a local not-for-profit that addresses senior hunger in particular." Said Susan Jacobs. "Thanks to those who donate to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, the $14,500 raised will adequately cover the packaging expense for the year."

How to Cancel a Meal

When you need to cancel a meal please be specific in your request

We have many misunderstandings in meal delivery requests because of unclear instructions. When you need to cancel a meal, please say "I need to cancel my meal for (day and date)." Tell us the day and date.

It is better to tell us the cancellations than to tell us the day(s) you want delivery. Everybody is set up to receive meals every day unless a shorter schedule is set in place. We then cancel meals deliveries as requested. Please keep your menu where you can refer to it daily to make changes to suit your needs.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Closed for Labor Day

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed on Monday, September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday. If you need a meal for that day please order them with the notice that will be sent to you ahead of time. If you order a meal for the holiday, it will be delivered to you on Friday, September 3rd with the normal delivery.

The history of Labor Day dates to 1882 when the Central Labor Union drafted a celebration of parades and street festivals providing a day of rest for the American worker. Political speeches were added later as the holiday gained a significance in civic life.

A Short History of Meals on Wheels in Western Broome County

This year, we celebrate 40 years of Meals on Wheels service to the community. During the months of 1969-70 a number key people became involved in setting up an incorporated not-for-profit organization with the state of New York. A board of directors was instated to oversee the operations of preparing and delivering meals to homebound seniors.

Eight people were served on that first day in October.

The meals were prepared in the kitchen of the First Baptist Church of Endicott. The First Baptist Church of Endicott is still a major donor to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome. With the growth of the number of people served, a larger facility for preparing meals was needed. The kitchen at the Hooper School was the next center of operations. When the Town of Union sold the school a new home was found at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Endicott.

Through the years a steady stream of dedicated volunteers has dedicated their time as board members, deliverers, and food preparation help along with the staff. Many hands have made this service possible. Many Meals on Wheels programs across the country were beginning at about the same time. Meals on Wheels is an important part of making this community a better place to live.

Broome County Office for Aging

If you would like to talk to a dietitian or discuss other services you might need to remain in your own home, please call the Broome County Office for Aging at 778-2411. Tell the person who takes your call what your question or concern is and they will direct you to the right person.

Everyone at the Office for Aging is very helpful and accommodating. This state agency is dedicated to helping seniors remain in their own home with the help of in home services. You may be eligible for more help-it doesn't hurt to ask !!!!

'HAIR ON WHEELS' Licensed Hairdresser

Connie Pompette of Absolute Hair in Vestal, will come to your home to cut and-or style your hair. She has been licensed for over 23 years, has references and is insured. "It would be my pleasure to assist you in the comfort of your home," says Connie. She has been offering this service for the last few years to both men and women. Please call 215-3399 (local call) to discuss your hairdressing needs and arrange an appointment. Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is pleased to be able to pass this information along to you. Thanks, Connie !!!!

Thanks for Your Input

Thank you for responding to our survey. We will be tallying the results to see how we want to proceed. We appreciate your input. There are still a few weeks to get your survey completed and returned to us. We would like as many as possible by July 15th. If you need any help filling out the survey, please call the office and we will help you.

Drink to Avoid Dehydration

We encourage you to drink plenty of liquids-especially water– during this hot summer weather. Keep a glass of water near your chair-or wherever you spend your day. If you like cold tea, you can put a tea bag in a glass of hot tap water and let it set and then add cold water to it. Your drink doesn't have to be ice cold-just easily accessible. Avoid soft drinks that make you more thirsty. It's very easy to become dehydrated during hot weather. You don't realize it is happening and then you quickly become seriously ill.

Thank You for Your Donations

We thank those of you who have added a donation to your meal payment. We may not have been as diligent in responding to client donations as we should have and will add that to our routine. We have received over $2,000 in donations from our clients (you) since the beginning of the year. THANKS !!!

June's Notes

40 Years On, Quilt Donations, & RSVP

We continue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary. As we celebrate the Meals on Wheels of Western Broome 40th anniversary throughout the year, we think of the people who dreamed of such a service for the community all those years ago. There were many hands that accomplished all of the details that were required to operate such a program. Four of those people have been active most recently. We appreciate the contribution that those visionary people had in introducing home delivered meals to our community. Millions of meals and 100's of thousands of people-clients and volunteers- have benefited from the program.

We want you to know that the small quilts we give out for birthdays are made by a quilting group in Vestal. They love to quilt-and need to do something with the 'fruits of their labor'. We are appreciative of their talent and their willingness to have us pass along their works of art. It's a 'win win' situation.

(We apologize for spoiling the surprise-if you have not received one yet.)

We also have knitted and crocheted lap robes that we send out. Those are made by RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers.

Speaking of RSVP-this program helps retired people find volunteer opportunities in the community.

Volunteers are matched to a task that interests them and fits their busy retired schedule. Many of the volunteers who deliver meals work are RSVP volunteers. Some of our volunteers have been helping 20+ years. We're glad they chose to dedicate their time to preparing and delivering meals.

Construction Ahead

It's always something! In the winter we had hazardous weather to contend with when delivering meals. In the warmer weather we have construction that might affect the smooth delivery of meals. Construction continues, even though we are told that street construction has been delayed due to the poor economy in New York State.

Please be assured that meal delivery will be on time to the best of our ability.

REMEMBER, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR MEAL BY 1:00PM, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE. (1:00 is considered ‘late.’)

Closed July 5th

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed Monday, July 5th for the Independence Day holiday. You will receive a holiday meal notice in your bag. Please return your notice to the volunteer (or call the office) with your response to insure that your meal needs are understood.

Outreach to Medical Community:

The benefits of good nutrition

A Meals on Wheels of Western Broome staff person will address the Lourdes Physicians and Staff of the Broome County Medical Association this week. Our goal is to include the medical community in advocating for the benefits of Meals on Wheels. Good nutrition is an important part of ensuring that medical advice is effective. We hope that our message will serve to clarify some misconceptions surrounding the Meals on Wheels program and help to reach more people who could benefit from the service.

Flower Sale

Hanging Baskets, Potting and Bedding Plants to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Friday, May 21 noon-6

Saturday, May 22 9-3

At the Meals on Wheels office: 705 W Main St in Endicott. Our Lady of Good Counsel - Across from En-Joie Golf Course.

40 YEARS YOUNG !

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome is celebrating 40 years of serving the community with home delivered meals AND the opportunity for people to VOLUNTEER ! The 1,000,000th meal was served in 1995. We have certainly hit the 3,000,000 meal earlier this year. (Records were lost for 1995 & 1996.) Plans to celebrate this milestone will take place over the course of 2010. We look forward to a strong presence in the community for many more years. Both with service to our homebound neighbors and providing a quality volunteer experience for those who wish to serve.

The good news is that we have quite a few new volunteers who have come to us to help in the kitchen and delivering meals. The 'other' news is that we need MORE NEW volunteers. Our army of 300+ volunteers is always changing and we need new volunteers to keep the meals wheels turning. If you know someone who is available during the day and can help-tell them to give us a call and try it out.

The number of clients we help is always changing, as well. We are more productive when we are helping A LOT of people-we need to keep our volunteers BUSY– and our staff working to help as many people as possible.

To coordinate who is (and isn't) receiving meals-and– who is (and isn't) able to volunteer each DAY requires a considerable amount of coordination and effort. We're up to the challenge and are ready to deliver help where it is needed.

In the Local News

Valerie Zehl devotes a column to our community program.

Read it here: Valerie Zehl Neighbors: Meals on Wheels keeps on rolling

A special gift for the holiday

Easter Lillies

Trudy Lainhart, Board Member of The Friendship Tree and Meals on Wheels Volunteer, Geri VanGorder get ready to deliver Easter Lilies to some of their clients. The Friendship Tree provided 78 lilies to be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients.

Closed for Memorial Day

Meals on Wheels of Western Broome will be closed on Monday, May 31st for the Memorial Day holiday. You will receive a notice to order holiday meals to be delivered on Friday, May 26th.

Please respond to the notice 'yes' or 'no' for your holiday meal wishes.

Fundraiser Update April 2010

Our Feinstein Foundation fundraising drive is off to a good start. We have received about $2,500 so far. This is an important opportunity for us to raise money to carry us through the rest of the year. We hope to raise aboutn$20,000 to apply to The Feinstein Foundation for a portion of the $1 Million giveaway. Your donations will count toward this goal.

Senior Services are not Charity

Senior services are not charity. They are a part of the social commitment we make as community. You don't think of school children as a charity, so why think of support services for seniors as charity? Being on the receiving end of services is not something to feel embarrassed or guilty about. Everyone needs to learn to give and receive.

Everyone values their independence. Seeking out and accepting available senior services will increase, rather than reduce, your independence. For example, attending a local senior center's lunch program may help you maintain your health through good nutrition and increased social interaction.

Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing this service to the community. Our goal is to not only provide nutritious and appetizing meals-but also a friendly smile and greeting-to you. Our volunteers are caring and friendly people at heart. The whole service is based on sharing and caring for our neighbors. They can't help but pass that on to anyone-and especially YOU! It's a perfect match! So Receive... And Enjoy!

40th Anniversary T-Shirts

Show off your support with a high quality t-shirt celebrating our 40th year of providing an invaluable community service. Sign up in the waiting room or call the office.

National Volunteer week is April 19- April 23, 2010

We will honor our wonderful volunteer with-what were best at-FOOD! EVERY DAY, volunteers will have pizza (their favorite) to snack on and hold them through delivery time. (We've tried different things-they like pizza the most.) Also, our kitchen staff has been saving aluminum foil in a BALL. Volunteers can enter a contest to guess the weight of the foil ball-WITHOUT picking it up.

(We haven't decided what the prize will be...yet.) FUN!