Posted on Nov 20, 2015
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are sure many of you have food on your mind. But what about those that do have the means for a Thanksgiving meal? What about those that can’t afford any food at all?
The number of older adults is projected to greatly increase within the next decade, and along with the increase in older adults comes an increase in an often ignored issue: senior starvation.
According to AARP, nearly 10 million seniors are at risk of hunger. But what exactly does hunger mean? What does it lead to?
Unfortunately, hunger is a lot more than just a growling stomach. Starvation can lead to malnutrition, depression, and diabetes.
This is why AARP started the Drive to End Hunger campaign. This campaign helps raise awareness and funds to fight hunger among adults 50 years and older. Here’s how you can help:
Support the Drive to End Hunger –You can make a donation to end hunger online or you can text “HUNGER” to 50555. Your donation can help give a meal to a senior in need.
Volunteer locally – If you are more of a hands-on individual, you can find a local food program and help collect, prepare, and serve food to those facing starvation in your community!
Collect food – Another way you can help starving seniors in your community is by starting a food drive in your community, school, place of employment, etc. Contact local grocery stores, churches, and more to see how you can work together to put an end to hunger.
For more information on helping your community or where to find a food pantry or soup kitchen, click here.