DUNKIRK PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES MARCH FOR MEALS WITH AREA YOUTH
Dunkirk Public Library recently hosted a coloring contest in recognition of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels’ Annual “March for Meals,” part of a national month-long celebration to raise awareness and support. The coloring contest was designed to highlight the crucial role that good nutrition plays in keeping older people healthy and independent.
When DFMOW Board Member Lenore Fiebelkorn approached her about the project, Pam Czarniak, Coordinator of Children’s Services for the library was more than up to the task. Czarniak’s artistic talents became evident as she went to work to create the original artwork the children would color. The drawing featured two older people enjoying coffee and a healthful selection of fresh foods.
“We truly appreciate the library’s support of our first coloring contest,” said Debra Pacos, Executive Director, DFMOW. “It provided us with an opportunity to reach young people and to promote understanding and an intergenerational link with the seniors we serve.”
The young artists were divided into three age groups: 4-6, 7-8 and 9-10. Winners were: Carlos Marrero, 4-6 years; Evie Yerico, 7-8 years; and Jairo, 9-10 years. Each winner was presented with a certificate and a $25 Walmart Gift Card in recognition of their efforts.
“Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large.”
Established by concerned citizens in July 1970, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels’ mission is to deliver nutritionally well-balanced meals to the homebound elderly, ill, and disabled residents of Northern Chautauqua County, allowing them to remain safe and independent in their homes while encouraging social interaction. In addition to Dunkirk and Fredonia, the agency also delivers to clients in Arkwright, Brocton, Forestville, Irving, Portland, Sheridan and Silver Creek, as well as to several area senior dining sites.
A United Way Community Partner, Meals on Wheels also receives support for its programs and operations from the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, RSVP, area foundations, service organizations, churches and individual donors. For more information, call Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels at 716-366-8822 or visit dfmealsonwheels.org.
DFMOW Coloring Contest Winners. L-R: Pamela Czarniak, Coordinator of Children’s Services, Dunkirk Public Library; Carlos Marrero, Winner age 4-6; Debra Pacos, Executive Director, DFMOW; Evie Yerico, Winner, age 7-8; Lenore Fiebelkorn, Board member, DFMOW. Not pictured: Jairo, Winner age 9-10.