Meals on Wheels for WNY unveiled a new 450kw generator system this week. It took three years of planning and fundraising to finance and install the new system, which is capable of powering the entire 24,000-square-foot Meals on Wheels commissary if there is a power emergency.
“Not only does it give us another layer of security in serving our frail, vulnerable clients, but it also enables us to be a true community partner in the event of an emergency – whether that is an isolated incident or one with region-wide impact,” said Tara A. Ellis, CEO and president of the nonprofit food provider, in a press release.
The agency is the food production partner in the Emergency Preparedness Partnership, along with the American Red Cross, Bateman Senior Meals, the Food Bank of WNY, Buffalo and Erie County.
The $216,735 project received support from Bank of America, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, The Baird Foundation, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, the Marks Family Foundation, National Fuel, and The Frank G. Raichle Foundation, along with the city of Buffalo.