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Meals on Wheels make record deliveries during storm

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Meals on Wheels make record deliveries during storm
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There is a silver lining in Wednesday's snowy weather. Volunteers from Meals on Wheels of Syracuse braved the elements to deliver a record number of meals. Their normal average is 700 meals a day, Wednesday they delivered a total of 1,438.

Staff and volunteers wanted to stay ahead of the storm so they packed extra meals for the seniors. This was the make sure they had food in the event the organization had to close Thursday. At this point they are playing it by ear.

They will operate on limited service and staff will attempt to deliver meals Thursday to the clients they weren't able to reach.

The deliveries are about more than just food.

Community Relations Director Dave Allen explained, "Also a security check. To make sure they're okay. Also the human contact of it; Often times our clients, the only contact they receive throughout the course of the day is through our volunteers."

Staff expect to be fully operational by Friday. They've had to close two other times this season. Blizzard packs of non-perishable food items are delivered during inclement weather.

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