Help Us Transition to Sustainable Earth Friendly Packaging
Since 1966, Corning Meals on Wheels has been the neighbors-helping-neighbors community response to senior hunger and isolation here in the greater Corning NY area. As we receive very little government funding (74 cents per meal), it is only thanks to our generous volunteers and supporters, like you, that we have met the increasing need to help our senior most neighbors remain safely in their homes. Today, however, we're writing to you with our youngest neighbors and generations to come in mind.
Our volunteers prepared and delivered 67,606 meals for area seniors in 2020. We used 100,000 polystyrene, or Styrofoam, containers to get the job done. Styrofoam is an excellent insulator, which is important for food safety, and it is inexpensive, which allows us to serve more meals to more seniors. What it is not, is recyclable here in the Corning area nor is it biodegradable. The polystyrene / Styrofoam packaging ends up in the landfill...forever.
We want to make the switch from polystyrene to earth friendly biodegradable, compostable and sustainable packaging, and we need your help. At today's prices, switching to earth friendly packaging will cost an additional $5,316 per year.
Please give generously to help our volunteers switch to feeding the need using sustainable earth friendly packaging.