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2015-11-18 / Business

Dash’s customers encouraged to ‘step up’ for Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York will once again be encouraging WNY shoppers to “Step up to the Plate” at Dash’s Markets in support of Meals on Wheels’ mission.

Now through through Saturday, Dec. 12, shoppers will be able to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation at any of Dash’s four local stores — including the one on Main Street in Clarence — to benefit the work of Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels delivers approximately 900,000 meals per year to homebound seniors and disabled individuals out of 25 sites throughout Erie County, including the Clarence Senior Center. Another 250,000 meals are served to mobile seniors at congregate dining centers. No qualifying individual is turned away due to an inability to pay.

“Meals on Wheels does so much more than just deliver nutrition to the homebound. Our volunteers provide a few minutes of warm conversation to our participants, many of whom cherish the caring contact, and provide tremendous peace of mind to caregivers who know their loved ones are being checked on,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO, said.

“With high demand, increased costs, and flat or decreasing funding, community support becomes absolutely critical. We’re very grateful to the tremendous team at Dash’s for their collaboration on this fundraiser and to Dash’s shoppers for their generous donations.”

Learn more about Meals on Wheels, including how to make an online donation, at www.mealsonwheelswny.org. Find Dash’s locations at http://www.dashsmarket.com/dashs/locations.jsp.

The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is an independent nonprofit organization that raises funds in support of the local Meals on Wheels agency. Meals on Wheels for Western New York Inc. is an independent nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of Erie County.

With more than 1,500 meal delivery volunteers, Meals on Wheels for Western New York is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the region.

The work done by Meals on Wheels for Western New York is made possible by financial support from community members, local foundations and corporations, as well as through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New York State Office for the Aging, and Erie County’s Departments of Senior Services and Social Services.

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