Programs & Services

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Bay Area - Disaster Relief

Disaster Services

After a fire or other emergency, residents rely on the Red Cross to be there. Our dedicated volunteers work side-by-side with firefighters and other emergency personnel to ensure that families receive immediate disaster assistance such as a safe place to stay, clothing, food and emotional support.

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Service to the Armed Forces

Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications, emergency financial assistance, counseling and support services to them and their loved ones.


Blood Services

The Red Cross supplies a large portion of the nation's blood supply. We need your help to keep hospitals and emergency centers supplied with enough blood to take care of any emergency. Make an appointment today to donate blood.

Red Cross Health and Safety Services

Preparedness, Health & Safety

From CPR to Water Safety, let the Red Cross help you be prepared for those everyday emergencies. Be ready by taking a Red Cross training class. You may save a life.

The Red Cross encourages teaching preparedness in schools.

Preparedness Programs

Being prepared for any emergency can save you and your loved ones lives. At the Lackawanna Red Cross we offer educational preparedness presentations to faith-based groups, civic organizations, companies, nonprofit agencies and other groups.

International Services

International Services

The American Red Cross sends hope and help in international crises such as earthquakes, hurricanes, famines, armed conflicts and many more. Acting globally, the American Red Cross touches lives locally. Find out about the International Red Cross Movement, the Geneva Conventions, and how American Red Cross helps across the globe.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals On Wheels is a therapeutic diet service designed to distribute nutritional meals to seniors, especially those convalescing, who are unable to secure meals for themselves. The meals are planned and prepared by certified dieticians and cooked for home consumption. Both heart-healthy and diabetic diets are available. All meals are low in sodium. A hot meal is delivered by Red Cross volunteers at lunchtime. The meals are cooked at Huntington Living Center and delivered Monday to Friday with the exception of the major holidays.

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Any person over the age of 60 years living in the Greater Rochester area who is:

  • Physically, emotionally or mentally handicapped, or
  • Unable to shop for himself/herself, or Convalescing

    The recipient must:

  • Be able to feed himself/herself
  • Have resources for breakfasts, weekends, holidays and emergencies
  • Reside in the the Greater Rochester area

    Not usually. The program coordinator will complete paperwork with the client during a home visit prior to the start of services.


    There is a suggested contribution for Meals On Wheels. The suggested amount is only a guide. All contributions are voluntary and confidential. No one is ever denied service because of an inability to make a donation. A monthly statement of services is sent to the client or a family member.


    Red Cross volunteers are dedicated people who take their commitment seriously. They will help to open containers and put items in the refrigerator. Besides serving meals, they bring a cheery “hello” to homebound recipients, but in order to get all meals delivered hot, they must keep moving. They cannot stop for a lengthy visit or do personal favors or errands. Walks and steps must be shoveled for them. For the safety of our volunteers, if a recipient owns a dog or an “attack cat,” it is important that the pet be adequately restrained.

    Additional volunteers are always needed. Contact us today!

    Meals On Wheels is sponsored by The American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes and Greater Rochester Office for the Aging

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