If you’re not aware, average life expectancy is 78.7 years.
While modern medicine has made great strides, getting older can often still involve some challenges. One of those challenges is being able to live independently, and everything that goes along with it. Like food shopping and cooking meals.
Did you know that 1 in 6 seniors struggles with hunger?
Most of us have heard of Meals on Wheels. It’s the oldest and largest national organizational supporting the more than 5,000 community-based nutrition programs addressing senior hunger and isolation. They work in virtually every community in America and, with the help of more than 2 million volunteers, deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks so America’s seniors can live with independence and dignity.
Did you know that, for the cost of one day in the hospital, Meals on Wheels is able to provide 1 YEAR of senior meals?
Currently, a significant portion of the Meals on Wheels budget is funded by The Older Americans Act (OAA). This piece of federal legislation has been in effect for 50 years. 8 out of 10 Meals on Wheels programs rely on this Federal funding to serve seniors. The rest comes from private donations.
Under the current administration, the Meals on Wheels budget is insecure. Which means that providing nourishment to seniors is in jeopardy. To help focus attention on their situation, they’ve started the Let’s Do Lunch campaign.
I’m not here today to tell you to give money to Meals on Wheels. But I believe this organization does deserve our attention. If you can give, please do and many thanks. Maybe you can spare an hour or two to become a volunteer. Write your legislators and let them know what you think about this. Blog or Facebook or Tweet your two-cents.
I ran across this quote from former U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey that seems so fitting for the situation we’re facing right now.
“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
If we all do just a little, we can give Meals on Wheels a lot. Let’s do lunch with Meals on Wheels.