Sinclairville 76ers Meals on Wheels gets new delivery van

Submitted Photo The Sinclairville 76ers, through the generous support of many people, purchased a new delivery van. Shown in the photograph are volunteer driver Tommie Alford holding one of the hot boxes used to keep meals hot, and Richard Smith, president of the 76ers.

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville 76ers is the Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area. Hot meals are delivered three days a week, on three different routes to 100+ people each time. For those who are able, the same meal is served in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room on the same days of the week promptly at noon. The use of the Sinclairville Firehall dining is appreciated as the Sinclairville Fire Department supports the Meals on Wheels program.

The Meals on Wheels Association, which is associated with the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, has its own vans for delivery. Two people, who are volunteers, always delivery on each route. The routes include Villenova, Balcom Corners, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, Ellington, Cassadaga, Stockton, Bear Lake, Centralia, Sinclairville and Gerry. One route is 60 miles in length, and one is 40 miles, and one is 20 miles in length.

The Meals on Wheels Association recently purchased a new Ford Transit delivery van through Shults Ford of Jamestown. The van was paid by generous donations of many people, and included the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation on Spring Street in Jamestown, and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation on Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk. The funds needed were raised by dinners, raffles, fund drives and appealing to the people. A special thanks to Lisa Lynde and her committee of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation of Jamestown. Thank you Eileen Dunn and her committee of the Northern Chautauqua Region Community Foundation of Dunkirk for your support.

Richard Smith of Sinclairville is the president, and John Sipos of Cassadaga is the vice president. Both want everyone in the county to know how much it is appreciated to have people support such a worthy organization, which is an outreach program of delivering hot meals.

The meals are kept hot in special hot boxes, which connect to the electrical system of the van, and the cooler items are kept in coolers. The day begins at 6 a.m. with preparations by chef Wally Jozwiak and his kitchen staff. Once the meals are prepared and packed, the delivery run is within a two-hour period of time. Volunteers are important and appreciated.

For more information on the Sinclairville 76ers, call 962-3455.