Town leaders volunteer for “Champions for Meals” week

(from left to right) Cheektowaga Senior Center Meals on Wheels Site Manager Ruth Diebold, Councilmember Linda Hammer, Senior Services Director Kerry Peek, Councilmember Brian Nowak, and Supervisor Diane Benczkowski returning hot and cold meal trays after finishing their Meals on Wheels delivery route. (Submitted)
(from left to right) Cheektowaga Senior Center Meals on Wheels Site Manager Ruth Diebold, Councilmember Linda Hammer, Senior Services Director Kerry Peek, Councilmember Brian Nowak, and Supervisor Diane Benczkowski returning hot and cold meal trays after finishing their Meals on Wheels delivery route. (Submitted)

CHEEKTOWAGA (Submitted) – Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, Councilmember Linda Hammer, and Councilmember Brian Nowak volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Western New York’s annual “Champions for Meals” week on Monday, March 19th.  This year’s event started Monday, March 19th and runs through Friday, March 23rd allowing government officials and local celebrities to share the meal delivery experience by volunteering their time and giving back to members of the community.

Ms. Benczkowski, Ms. Hammer, and Mr. Nowak joined Cheektowaga’s Director of Senior Services Kerry Peek, Senior Center site manager Ruth Diebold and more than a dozen volunteers at the Cheektowaga Senior Center to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals living in Cheektowaga. 

“Volunteering with Meals on Wheels is such a rewarding experience, and I encourage everyone to volunteer their time in helping the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.  “Helping Meals on Wheels only takes an hour of your time and the staff is very supportive providing directions to and from each location, and providing individual specific instructions for each drop-off.  Meals on Wheels is such a crucial lifeline for many in our community and I’m thankful to the volunteers that make this program a success.”

“Today was my first time volunteering to help Meals on Wheels. It was a great feeling to know you were able to help an individual who may be alone and not be able to cook for themselves.  At the same time, volunteers are also providing a welfare check for our seniors. What a great way to give back to our community,” said Councilmember Linda Hammer.

“Meals on wheels is an indispensable program well-worth the taxpayers’ investment. The program helps its recipients live independently and stay connected with their community. Volunteers for Meals on Wheels are doing very important work and I thank them for their service,” said Councilmember Brian Nowak.

Meals on Wheels of Western New York currently operates out of three locations in Cheektowaga, which includes the Cheektowaga Senior Center, Lord of Life Church and Maryvale Presbyterian Church.  The three locations serve a hot and cold meal Monday through Friday, during the lunch hour, to nearly 400 individuals in Cheektowaga with the help of dozens of volunteers. 

For more information on how to receive meals from Meals on Wheels of Western New York, please call their office at (716) 822-2002 or visit their website at mealsonwheelswny.org.  Meals on Wheels of Western New York is also currently looking for volunteers for all three Cheektowaga locations.  To volunteer or find out more information on how to volunteer, please call the Cheektowaga Senior Center at (716) 686-3930.

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