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At least one in every nine seniors is at-risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care according to Feeding America. With September being Hunger Action Month Comfort Keepers® offices across the nation have launched their annual Feed Seniors Now and STOP Senior Hunger food drives designed to help local seniors in need and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that impacts millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent.
In 2010, in response to a growing need for awareness about senior nutrition and hunger, Comfort Keepers saw an overwhelming response when over 80 of its franchisees participated and collected a combined total of 26,000 pounds of food. Last year over 100 Comfort Keepers franchised locations participated in the food drive feeding over 86,000 seniors translating to more than 110,000 pounds of food raised. This year with the new Feed Seniors Now campaign we hope to increase the number of participants in the food drive as well as the amount of food collected.
A healthy diet is important for any age group but especially for those 65 and over. Hunger can lead to malnutrition and other serious health problems in seniors. The lack of an adequate diet can have an immediate impact on the body, mind, and the safety of senior citizens. If seniors fail to consume the appropriate amount of nutrients, their bodies may become weak or unstable and their minds may become fatigued. The combination of these two effects will significantly increase the risk of a fall and other accidents. In addition, malnutrition can affect the body's immune system and leave seniors more vulnerable to diseases or illnesses.
For the rest of September we will keep you updated about the various efforts Comfort Keepers has undertaken to address the issue of senior hunger. In addition to blog spotlights on Comfort Keepers efforts, we will also be tweeting and posting results to Facebook regarding our offices initiatives.
Stay tuned as the month progresses and we will bring you updates on the effect Feed Seniors Now and STOP Senior Hunger has had in local communities. If you know of a local effort near you feel free to share with the community on any of our social platforms.
Together we can make a difference and Feed Seniors Now!