April: Spotlight on Senior Hunger

Even though February has come and gone, April can equal awareness as well, and this month I’m talking Senior Hunger.  It’s a health issue, and more so, food insecurity among older adults is something (in my opinion) that’s severely over looked.

More than 10 million older adults struggle every day with limited or no regular access to affordable, nutritious food, and it’s likely to get far worse…

Senior hunger statistics show that the number of older adults is going to increase over the next decade and continue to rise in the following. In 2040 there will be 79.7 million older adults; more than twice as many as in 2000.  These changing demographics will have a great impact on the demand for social outreach, especially the need for adequate and appropriate nutrition services.

There are some wonderful national programs that are fighting to reduce Senior Hunger, such as the AARP Foundation, and Feeding America, but today I want to showcases some great local Houston partners as well as some tips for bringing awareness and finding solutions!

If you or someone you know is in need, below are some great links to Houston programs that help provide food to the hungry.  Please share! 

Northwest Assistance Ministries – 281-583-5600
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The Joanne Watford Nutrition Center is a choice food pantry that operates much like a grocery store. Clients choose their own food from designated categories, including fresh produce, meat, dairy and frozen items. Through the Senior Food Program, low-income seniors also receive supplemental groceries each month.

Houston Food Bank – 832-369-9390
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The Senior Box Program is funded through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, a federal program designed to improve the health and nutrition of income eligible seniors. Seniors receive a box of food each month with a retail value of $50, which helps stretch their fixed incomes to keep food on the table.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston –  713-533-4978
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Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston program provides a home-delivered meal to homebound seniors over 60 and their spouses. The program also delivers breakfast and weekend meals to the most frail and isolated seniors. This nutritional support helps seniors stay independent and in their own homes.

Remember, caring comes in a million different ways.  Donations to these wonderful programs are always needed.  If you can’t donate, here are some other ways to help.

29 Ways To Combat Hunger Year-Round
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“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa

 

 

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