What’s Cooking? Exploring Issues and
Innovations in Senior Hunger Relief
Philadelphia — In Philadelphia, 60 percent of all older adults report eating two or less servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, and 72 percent are obese or overweight, according to the Public Health Management Corporation. Many of these individuals are low-income and lack ready access to fresh produce in their neighborhoods. They may also have problems shopping and preparing meals due to lack of transportation and physical frailty. In addition, they may lack knowledge of proper nutrition. GenPhilly will hold a free forum on Wednesday, March 20 to discuss ways to increase food access and nutrition and highlight innovative food access programs around the country which might be replicated in Philadelphia. The event will take place at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street in Center City, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. RSVP required.
Register at genphilly320.eventbrite.com
Did you know that 1 in 10 seniors skip a meal because of finances?
Vote now for PA, DE & NJ to receive more than $1 million from Walmart Foundation in grants to fight food insecurity from the Walmart Foundation. The next five most supported communities will each receive $100,000. Here is the link and information below.
Across the country, millions of Americans lack access to an adequate supply of nutritious food. Together, we can do something about it. Walmart has made a commitment to donate $2 billion by 2015 to the fight against hunger in America. This holiday, we’re asking you to decide where $1.5 million should go. Here is how it works!!!!
- 100 communities
The Food Research and Action Center has identified the food hardship rate for 100 largest communities in America*. To get involved, all you need to do is browse the selected communities and find the one that you think needs the money the most.
- Add your support with Facebook
Log in to Facebook and “Like” that community. Your like will count as a vote for that community. The community with the most votes will receive $1 million. The next five most supported communities will each receive $100,000.
- Spread the word
Once you’ve Liked a community, there’s still more you can do. Share it with your friends. Get their support. You’ll not only be helping out that town, you’ll be raising awareness of the hunger problem in America.
MAT-SU — On the Friday morning before Labor Day, a tall, thin man wearing a flannel shirt and worn jeans walked into Dennie Jaques’ office at the Wasilla Senior Center and filled out a housing form.
The man, who was 67, had been living in a camper shell atop his older-model black pickup. Jaques, marketing manager Diana Straub and executive director Sondra Kaplan gave the man something to eat and tried in vain to find him a place to stay.
“Federal and state funding regulations have our hands so tied we couldn’t offer him an apartment even if there was one available,” Kaplan said. “He didn’t have enough income. Isn’t that sad? You don’t even make enough money to be considered needy?”
The man returned to his truck that day with enough food to tide him through the holiday weekend. He’s returned since then to eat lunch at the center. continue reading>>
Source: Tracy Kalytiak (Frontiersman)