At least one in 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 care1. Again this year during September, Hunger Action Month, Comfort Keepers® in Sarasota and Manatee Counties is asking the community to make food donations to the STOP Senior Hunger food drive to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that impacts millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent.
“Hunger Action Month is in September, but seniors go hungry all year,” said Jones, owner of the Sarasota and Venice Florida franchises. “We cannot fight every factor affecting hunger, but we can start here in our community by creating awareness about the issue and helping family members become more aware of the signs of hunger and malnutrition.”
Hunger can lead to malnutrition and other serious health problems in seniors. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 85% of seniors in the care of others are at risk for malnutrition or under-nutrition. Malnutrition is the result of the body not absorbing enough nutrients due to inaccessibility. Signs of malnutrition may include sudden weight gain or loss, bruising, or dental difficulties, sudden changes in taste, or a general disinterest in eating. For seniors, malnutrition means the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living facilities and premature death.
In response to a growing need for awareness about senior hunger, the Comfort Keepers system has launched a nationwide campaign called STOP Senior Hunger to create awareness for the importance of a healthy diet for those 65 and over. This senior nutrition campaign aims to help seniors preserve their independence by providing diet and nutrition information, encouragement and necessities.
In the local market, the following list are some of our community partners that have agreed to host a food collection bin.
Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice: Sept 1-30
Palm Aire Country Club 9/1 -9/16
You Fit and Gold’s Gyms
Venice Siesta Key and Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Venice, Gulf Gate, and Fruitville Libraries
HarborChase, Sunset Lakes Venice, Mary’s on Bayshore
Alderman Oaks , Comfort Keepers in Sarasota
For more information on the local STOP Senior Hunger campaign, to participate, or to locate a drop site nearest you, please contact Comfort Keepers at 941-921-4747
About Comfort Keepers®
Comfort Keepers® is a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for senior and other adults needing care. Since its founding in 1998, the company has grown to more than 600 franchised locations around the world by staying true to the founders' goal of providing in-home care services that allow clients the opportunity to age in place. In August of 2009, the brand was strengthened even further by the purchase of the franchisor, CK Franchising, Inc., by Sodexo, one of the world's leading food and facilities management services companies and the global leader in the health care and seniors markets. For more information, visit www.comfortkeepers.com.
Sources: 1Feeding America, Hunger in America 2010