Make a Difference Day is Oct. 27, but 1,700 volunteers with Meals on Wheels for Western New York make a difference every day, starting early in the morning to prepare food for thousands of clients.

In a recent brand research study, Meals on Wheels found that 57 percent of people, most homebound or disabled, said the most important part of the program is the camaraderie. For some clients, volunteers may be their only visitors for some time.

"Had they been alone, they might not have someone check on them every day, they might not have that nutritious meal, they might just be eating frozen dinners or fast food or takeout so I think that this is providing them with a good nutritious meal and that social engagement every day, which is great," said Jennifer Klein, RD, CDN, one of the five Meals on Wheels for WNY Registered Dietitian.