South Orangetown Central School District

More than 200 Blizzard Boxes for homebound senior citizens were donated to Rockland Meals on Wheels by William O. Schaefer Elementary School students today! “Thank you so much for helping us keep our aging community members healthy as they grow older,” said Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Dianna Diffley. “You are all officially Meals on Wheels volunteers!”

Meals on Wheels delivers meals to 450 homebound Rockland residents each day. From September through March, the organization also provides home-delivery clients with Blizzard Boxes filled with non-perishable foods for days when drivers can’t make meal deliveries due to snowstorms or other emergencies.

The WOS effort is spearheaded by teachers Heidi Hill, Caralyn Cosgrove and Elizabeth Barsanti. “This is the 17th consecutive year that our school has participated in this drive,” says Ms. Hill. “My grandmother received home-delivered meals through Meals on Wheels from when she was 90 until she was 95, which motivated me to continue this project here.”

The annual Blizzard Box effort ties in with the school’s character education program (December Word of the Month: Kindness) and social studies units on community. “This is what good citizenship looks like at the K-2 level,” said Assistant Principal Maggie White.

Learn more about Blizzard Boxes on the Meals on Wheels website.

WOS students, teachers with Blizzard Box donations