Forty years of feeding the hungry

— A concerted effort by a hardworking community led to construction of a building where North Area Meals on Wheels could prepare meals and coordinate their distribution. The building opened in 2005 on Church Street in North Syracuse.

Bob and Linda still deliver meals every week, and Bob prepares the driver route sheets. In October Linda and Bob were honored for their four decades of service at a celebratory reception.

The Jacksons have never regretted their decision to get involved. “It has been a joy and a privilege to be a volunteer at Meals on Wheels,” Linda said.

Volunteers = heart

Volunteers are still the heart and backbone of the Meals on Wheels organization, said Janet Polech, NAMOW’s marketing committee chairwoman. Janet, who lives in Liverpool on Cinnamon Path, is also a volunteer driver.

“We all enjoy fulfilling our mission to provide nutritious meals to the elderly, homebound and disabled in northern Onondaga County,” Janet said.

NAMOW currently has 250 active volunteers who service 22 delivery routes and more than 260 meal recipients daily.

“This time of year so many folks are focused on giving to the less fortunate,” Janet said, “but NAMOW and its volunteers work all year to reach out to our neighbors in need.” Meals on Wheels welcomes anyone interested in volunteering in its kitchen or delivering meals, and training is provided. If interested, you can call 452-1402 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

First Street flowing

First Street traffic seems far less congested now that Andrello’s Impact Martial Arts has moved into the new Pacific Health Club at 604 Old Liverpool Road.

When the karate facility operated at 318 First St. for the past several years, students’ parents would routinely double-park in the street while awaiting their kids to finish their lessons. Now they can cool their jets in Pacific’s huge parking lot rather than blocking one of the village’s most important arterials.

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