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MASSENA — Meals on Wheels Week, the annual fundraising campaign for the nonprofit organization, is beginning this week.

The campaign, which will kick off Friday with a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Meals on Wheels headquarters at 70 E. Hatfield St., will wrap up with a daylong radio telethon Oct. 5.

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000. That money helps the organization break even in its annual budget, providing funding for food, heating and electricity, Executive Director Jessica J. Fregoe said.

Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to 86 recipients Monday through Friday, rising to more than 100 in the winter, Ms. Fregoe said. There are 76 volunteers who help keep the operation running.

Chairman Mark P. Bogdan said he hopes to have 100 items to auction off during the telethon, which will be broadcast live on WMSA 1340 and Channel 1501, and on a tape delay on Channel 30.

During the week, Meals on Wheels has partnered with 45 area businesses that will sell paper wheels for $1 for the “Keeping the Wheels Rolling” fundraiser.

Massena Meals on Wheels is funded partially by the state Office for the Aging and receives annual contributions from the towns of Massena and Louisville, but it also relies heavily on donations.

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