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I am a Metro State student, just trying to learn how to use WordPress for class.

Combining Forces to Become the Ultimate Food Resource

According to Feeding America, in 2019, 5.2 million seniors aged 60 and older faced hunger. That’s 1 in 14 seniors or just over 7% of all seniors. 63% of seniors visiting food banks say they have to choose between food and medical care. I am concerned that the statistics post-pandemic will not show to be trending upward. One of the ways America helps our elderly population with this tragedy is though the service called Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels is a nationwide network of community-based, non-profit programs dedicated to providing seniors in their communities with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes. For most seniors, staying in their homes where they want to be. The support this agency provides is typically a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check. Some seniors look forward to that meal as it may be the one and only visit they get in a day or even an entire week.

So, it’s easy to understand the importance of the nutritious meals, friendly visit and welfare checks for our senior citizens. What I want to create awareness on is the collaboration that should happen between the local food shelves and the local meal providers for Meals on Wheels. It’s important that agencies work together so that we can maintain existence of these programs and keep these seniors fed in a sustainable way. Passing on the valuable information as a resource to each person receiving the meal delivery service can provide a resource referral that might not have been know to this population.

If struggling seniors were made aware of resources like the ones in this article, we can get the right programs in the hands of those in need. Second Harvest Heartland should provide the food and some hand-out materials for the Meals on Wheels delivery drivers to provide so these seniors have the information at the palm of their hands. I hope we can work together to make this happen and get the numbers of seniors suffering from food insecurity down NOW!

Take Action Against Hunger

September is Hunger Action Month and a great time to think about what you can do to donate to your local food shelf or other local organization to take a stand against hunger and food insecurity.

By Visiting Feeding America, you can find resources to share with those who may be struggling to feed their families or themselves. You can also find a way to join in the fight in your own community. No donation or participation is too small.

Feeding America

Here are some startling facts from their website if you needed anything to convince you to take action:

Facts about hunger in America

Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.

  • Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
  • The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
  • According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 38 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2020. 
  • Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 12 million children live in food-insecure households.
  • Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger including rural and suburban communities.
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
  • The rates of food insecurity are much higher for African AmericanLatino, and Native American families because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities.