Despite the current number of volunteers, the program is always in need of more to relieve those who consistently donate their time.
"We have a lot of volunteers that go south in the winter, so we are always looking for more volunteers," Metz said.
From Sysco to doorstep
Baldwinsville's Meal on Wheels orders food through Sysco. The order is then delivered to Canton Woods Senior Center, where meals are made fresh daily. Lunches consist of a sandwich, pudding or jello, a baked good and a fruit; dinner is a hot entr (c)e with a vegetable, roll and potato.
"People call us up all the time and tell us how much they love our meals," Metz said.
The center also receives baked goods and breads from various organizations such as P&C on Route 57, and Wegmans, BJ's and Price Chopper on Route 31.
"The donations are unbelievable," Metz said noting the organization receives donations from the community and business district alike. She said this year one farmer donated a bucket of acorn squash, another donated apples and others donated more fresh fruits and vegetables. "Anheuser-Busch had a picnic and brought their leftovers to us. They also provide a ham dinner for at least 60 clients during Christmas time."
A fundraising letter comes out later this month and is the major fundraiser for Baldwinsville's Meals on Wheels.
"This is where we get most of our funding from," Metz said. "We get a nice response from the [community]."
The community can also help by calling and volunteering. Meals on Wheels also takes donations, memorials and endowments. "Every little bit helps," Metz said.
To receive meals or to become a volunteer, call 638-4536.