My cycling buddy Joe Pasquarelli, the chief meteorologist at WETM-TV in Elmira, recently teamed up with another local cycling friend of mine, Kent Goben, to deliver meals to elderly residents in Chemung County.
Joe and Kent took advantage of our great recent weather and hopped on a tandem bicycle to deliver hot, nutritious meals to senior citizens. They combined two of my feel-good activities, cycling and delivering Meals on Wheels, to help our senior neighbors!
WETM-TV captured Joe and Kent in action, delivering to Gladys Rice, one very appreciative senior, who said: “It helps me out a lot because I can’t get out and do too much.”
Kent, who works in the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, which oversees Meals on Wheels, knows firsthand how great the need is for donations and volunteers.
“For many of our clients, if we did not have Meals on Wheels, they would be in nursing homes so much earlier,” Kent said. “And it is amazing how important it is to get good nutrition, and basically it is saving them money, keeping them more independent and it’s saving the state tons of money.”
It was a great way to draw attention to an often-overlooked program that provides a valuable service in our community and helps our older folks stay in their homes and remain independent!
You can learn more about Meals on Wheels of Chemung County here. Find out how you can help today!
Joe and Kent are active bicyclists in the Twin Tiers and part of a proud tradition of bicyclists looking out for their community!
Joe is a member of the Rogue Race Team, a biking-running-triathlon team sponsored by the Ziff Law Firm. Kent is very active in the Southern Tier Bicycle League.
Thanks for reading, and I hope all cyclists from Elmira and Corning to Bath and Hornell to the west, and Sayre and Waverly to the east, will follow their example and help their communities!
Thanks for reading!