As we continue to see steady snowfall this winter, one local organization is making sure they are able to serve their clients, despite dangerous driving conditions.
Due to recent inclement weather, several charitable organizations were forced to cancel their food deliveries this morning, leaving their clients without the food they depend on. In some cases, even the volunteers are unable to reach the packing facilities.
“If the weather is really bad, sometimes it affects even the volunteers being able to get here to package the meals, get things ready to go in that case,” Meals on Wheels Volunteer, Collin Burns said.
“If the weather is really bad and schools close, then our policy is to close,” Executive Director of Chemung County’s Meals on Wheels, Darlene Ike said. “Because, if school busses are not out there delivering children, then we shouldn’t be sending our volunteers out in the same weather.”
However, meals on wheels of Chemung County is pulling out all the stops this winter, to ensure that their clients are still provided with the meals they rely so heavily upon.
“So, the problem with that is that 47% of our clients have nothing to eat if we are not delivering,” Ike said. “So, we solve that problem by doing ‘Blizzard Bags.’ Six meals in each bag. Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners. So, they’ve got six days worth of meals, shelf stable.”
Each year, clients receive their ‘Blizzard Bags’ prior to Thanksgiving, in order to have them available for when the first, big snowfall hits the Southern Tier.
“What better way than to be prepared ahead of time,” Burns said. “Scrambling after the fact doesn’t really work out. But, if we think there is something that is going to happen, having those available and ready to go, really prevents someone from going hungry if we do get bad weather.”