Assemblyman Robin Schimminger today announced $7,500 in state funding to help Kenmore-Tonawanda Meals on Wheels meet the growing demand for its meal deliveries to the homebound. Schimminger secured the grant through the 2004-05 state budget process.
Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels asked for the assemblymanís assistance in acquiring much-needed equipment and supplies following a single-year increase in demand of 10,000 additional meals. The organization, which began in 1977 with 12 clients, now delivers more than 64,000 meals annually.
Schimminger said, "Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels delivers a service that is vital to more than 200 senior citizens in Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, providing nutritious hot and cold meals they would be unable to prepare on their own and contributing to their ability to continue to live independently. The organization does an incredible amount of good by stretching its resources with the assistance of more than 250 dedicated volunteers, but it also needs more equipment to allow it to prepare a growing number of meals, and I am happy that I have been able to help."
Jean Bennett, executive director of Kenmore-Tonawanda Meals on Wheels, said, "We would like to thank Assemblyman Schimminger for his ongoing support. Our continued growth would not be possible without the support and assistance of the community and its representatives."