Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Meals on Wheels VS. Gas

Written By: Joe Melillo

Gas prices are very high and organizations like meals on wheels are feeling the pinch.

Meals on Wheels VS Gas
 

September 5, 2012

Chemung County (WENY) - Gas prices are very high and organizations like meals on wheels are feeling the pinch. High gas prices raises food prices, and that makes it more expensive for the non-profit to put together the meals they serve. The cost of gas directly affects the volunteers who pay for their own gas and use their own cars to deliver meals to seniors in the county. Chemung County Meals on Wheels Executive Director Darlene Ike says so far, the volunteers are biting the bullet.

     “When I talk to the volunteers and let them know we do that gas mileage reimbursement they say 'nope it's my commitment to the community to give back' or they take it off their taxes, so I think that's why we really haven’t been hurt yet,” says Ike.

Meals on wheels has over 200 volunteers who cover 19 routes in Chemung County.