Cattaraugus County Meals on Wheels program recognized

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging was recently recognized at the national level for their successful efforts in the “Share Your Love” campaign sponsored by Subaru and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The Meals on Wheels Association of America commended five programs across the nation for their success: San Diego, Calif.; Cleveland, Ohio; Olathe, Kan.; Bellingham, Wash.; and Olean, N.Y.

In this campaign, a portion of the proceeds from every Subaru sold goes to support Meals on Wheels programs.

Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging was initially thought to be unable to participate due to the lack of a local dealership. Staff at the agency basically said, “No dealership? No problem!” The agency received recognition for reaching out to a dealership 50 miles away and promoting the cause in their local Santa Claus Lane parade. The agency received a monetary reward and special recognition for their efforts to end senior hunger.

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging plans to continue the campaign through several activities and media efforts.

“We were able to promote an important cause and have a lot of fun at the same time,” said Cathy Mackay, Director.

The department plans to participate again in this year’s Santa Claus Lane parade. Lisa Swaciak, Home Delivered Meal Coordinator, has also encouraged any available Meals on Wheels volunteers to assist with or march in the parade.

“We’ve been working on this year’s theme and costuming. I just can’t believe we were recognized nationally for our efforts. We owe any success to our group of dedicated, amazing Meals on Wheels volunteers,” Mrs. Swaciak added.

The Department of Aging hopes to make participating in the parade an annual tradition.

For more information on supporting the Meals on Wheels program in Cattaraugus County, call the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 373-8032 or toll free 1-800-462-2901.