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Discounted electricity worth about $5,000 in annual savings will be sold to Meals on Wheels for the next seven years in an effort to direct more of the nonprofit’s resources to food.

The money saved on the electric bill each year is enough to cover about 1,200 to 1,300 meals, according to Sen. Tim Kennedy.

“It’s really a magnificent investment,” said Kennedy Friday when the state deal was announced.

The power will go to the expanded Meals on Wheels headquarters at James E. Casey Way, where about 5,000 meals are made each day for 3,500, many delivered by 1,500 volunteers to senior citizens living at home and people with disabilities.

The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees approved about 86 kilowatts to the foundation that finances these low-cost meals to people in need.

Meals on Wheels, which has about 100 employees, hopes the news will raise public awareness and encourage more volunteers to sign up. With more people available deliver, more can be served, Kennedy said.

Volunteer shortages are especially critical in Concord, Sardinia, Holland and Boston. “We ask for support in delivering these meals,” he said. For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Department at 822-2002 or visit mealsonwheelswny.org/volunteer.

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