Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels Issues Challenge to Western New York

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT

By WKBW News

...

Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels Issues Challenge to Western New York

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 12:11 PM EDT

Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels issued a challenge to Western New Yorkers on Tuesday after a Corporation for National and Community Service survey showed Buffalo ranked 24th in the large city category nationwide.

Amanda Crotty, Executive Director at Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels, praised the Buffalo community for its volunteerism. According to the survey, the Buffalo area has 246,000 active volunteers.

But that number trails Rochester, which ranks fifth, by 35,500 volunteers.

So Crotty, whose program utilizes the services of more than 275 volunteers to serve over 200 hot meals and 100 cold meals a day to the elderly and disabled in the Ken-Ton area, issued a challenge to the Western New York Community.

"We are a wonderful community filled with kind and caring neighbors. Let's catch up to our friends in Rochester and show them and the rest of the country what we are made of," Crotty said. "There are many ways to volunteer at Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels both in our kitchen and delivering meals. An hour or two of your time each week can have a profoundly positive impact on our community. Take us for a test drive. Join us or contact the United Way to find out about other opportunities near you."