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WCA Director of Development
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Johnson Foundation Makes Grant to WCA for New Oven to Support Meals on Wheels

WCA Hospital
Representing WCA Hospital, Mary Mazzone - Manager of Hospitality Services, Cecil Miller – Director of Support Services, Christina Reynolds - Director of Hospitality Services, and Vicki Swan – Food Service Aide, show off the new gas convection oven which is now being utilized by WCA to prepare 600 meals daily for homebound seniors throughout Southern Chautauqua County. The purchase was made possible by a grant from the Johnson Foundation.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, April 18, 2012)—The Johnson Foundation recently made a $6,674 grant to WCA Hospital for the purchase of a gas convection oven to support meal preparation for the Southern Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels program.

In 2011, the Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program, in collaboration with the Southern Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels program, awarded the contract to WCA Hospital to prepare meals for homebound seniors throughout southern Chautauqua County. All meals are now prepared daily at Jones Memorial Health Center including hot noon meals, double meals (lunch and dinner), supplemental meals, and frozen weekend meals. This collaborative effort has enabled Meals on Wheels to cut costs and deliver more meals for fewer dollars. 75% of the meals WCA prepares are delivered within fifteen minutes, meaning seniors are receiving hot, fresh meals right to their doors.

In 2010, Meals on Wheels served 115,000 hot and cold meals to elderly residents in Southern Chautauqua County. After WCA took over the preparation of the meals, because of the improvement in food quality, the demand increased dramatically. In 2011, the kitchen began preparing 600 meals daily, necessitating the purchase of this gas convection oven which offers greater capacity and efficiency.

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Johnson Foundation, WCA is now able to meet the growing demand for Meals on Wheels,” says Christina Reynolds, Director of Hospitality Services for WCA Hospital. “This is a tremendous community collaboration which will greatly benefit area seniors for many years to come.”

The Johnson Foundation provides funding to worthy causes that seek improving and providing a better quality of life in Jamestown and Chautauqua County in accordance with the terms of the will of the late John Alfred Johnson. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sellstrom at (716) 484-7190.

To support WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423, visit, or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, PO Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

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