GLENVILLE — The town and a local church will be holding a fundraiser next week as part of an effort to provide hot meals to home-bound senior citizens.
A chicken barbecue fundraiser will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Riverview Manor on Route 5. The $25 meal will be contactless, with drive-thru pickup only. Tickets are available at Town Hall, or checks may be sent to Immaculate Conception Church: Senior Relief Fund.
Money raised will be used to establish to help fund the senior citizen meals program that was suspended when the Glenville Senior Center was closed due to the pandemic in March, and the Schenectady County-funded meals program halted.
“We are trying to fill a void on a program that helped seniors get warm meals,” said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle. “Since the COVID situation, seniors who would normally get meals from our senior center program or through Meals on Wheels have not been.”
A local Italian restaurant, Benevento Pizzeria & Catering, has been donating home delivery meals, but Koetzle said that is becoming a burden for them and he would like to see more local restaurants involved, if they can be provided with funding for the meals. Currently, he said 10 to 12 meals are being provided each day, but he believes the program could serve more people.
The goal is to raise $5,000, Koetzle said. Since the fundraiser was announced, he said the program has already received $3,000 in business sponsorships.
“We are holding this event and looking for sponsors to make this program work,” Koetzle said. “It’s simple: Seniors can order pre-arranged meals from participating small businesses and the funds raised will provide them with funding.”
The supervisor also hopes the Catholic Charities meal program will be up and running again in the next few weeks. He said Immaculate Conception Church agreed to manage a temporary meal delivery program because managing it would be “just too burdensome for the town.”
“We’re at a time right now when we have to use creativity to try to meet our community’s needs, and that’s what we’re trying to do here,” Koetzle said.
Anyone who just wants to make a donation may send a check to Immaculate Conception Church, Senior Relief Program, 400 Saratoga Rd., Glenville, N.Y. 12302.