December 6, 2015

Imagine what you want retirement to be like . . . does it consist of spending time with your loved ones, occasionally around good meals, and an endless amount of relaxation? While this is the fantasy for most, the actual reality is sometimes a struggle to accomplish. For more than 3 million seniors in the United States, they do not know where their next meal is coming from. Luckily for the seniors in the Kansas City Metro Area, Comfort Keepers® owner, Stephen Bright, is trying to change that situation and Stop Senior Hunger.

A Comfort Keepers office owner for 11 years, Stephen Bright has worked closely with seniors and understands the need. He organized a food drive, Stop Senior Hunger which has involved several events.  Most recently, Stephen created the event, “Harvesters Happy Hour” where almost 150 people brought nearly 800 pounds of food! Donators were encouraged to drop food at his office and enter a raffle for a cruise for two. Stephen’s efforts are not over; he is continuing the food drive in hopes of collecting enough food for 10,000 meals.

Stephen encouraged local businesses to become food drop locations and for local citizens to continue dropping off food at his office. A huge contributor to Stephen’s food drive, which generated donations of over 4000 meals, was fueled by a local restaurant called Murray’s Tables and Tap. According to Public Relations Director Connie Brockert, all of the profits from the event entry charges, raffle and silent auction went towards buying more meals. Check out the photos from this event on their Facebook page. As you can tell by the pictures, the event was a huge success!

Another large promoter for food donations was the local Kansas City Live talk show, which publicized both the event at Murray’s while informing viewers of other ways to donate. One of those ways includes making a monetary donation towards the food drive if dropping off food is not an option.  Anyone who wishes to make a donation, visit comfortkeepers.harvestersvfd.org. A $1 donation will provide five meals for seniors! So far, Stephen and his team have exceeded 6,000 meals, achieving over half of their goal!

Food drives are great year round but they are especially beneficial during the Holiday season. When the weather turns cold and the roads become unsafe to drive on, seniors do not want, or sometimes do not have the option, to leave the safety of their homes.

Thank you, Stephen, for addressing senior hunger in Kansas City!

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