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This Christmas, No Senior Should Go Without Food

Find out how you can help.

Without a doubt this time of year can be the happiest, unless you are hungry and alone. Then every day is a struggle. Imagine the agony of trying to buy gifts or paying your rent, buying medications and healthy foods.

The number of seniors facing hunger in this country is staggering. It is increasing silently and severely. Most seniors won’t ask for help and some just don’t even know where to turn. According to the AARP, California ranks 18th among all states at risk for senior hunger. The U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate of Americans 65 years and older living in poverty is 16.1 percent.

It is difficult for seniors to stand in food lines or even prepare meals. Health restrictions make it even harder for our seniors with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure to eat healthy. 

Age Well Senior Services and Meals on Wheels Programs is a nonprofit organization feeding seniors in our community. It is not a government agency. It depends on donations and grants from the community. For the first time, Meals on Wheels of Mission Viejo has a waiting list due to lack of funds. In fact, they had to eliminate weekend and holiday meals.

This Christmas, no senior should go without food. You can help by going to the Norman Murray Community Center and taking a donation card from the little, gold Christmas tree near Norm’s Cafe. A gift to a senior is a hug that warms their hearts. Lift someone’s spirits—and your own.

Please support our local Age Well Senior Services and Meals on Wheels Programs. Together we can give our seniors the quality of life they deserve. You can also donate by going to MyAgeWell.org or call (949) 470-3062. A $25 tax deductible donation will feed a senior for a month. 

No senior should ever have to go without food. The need to feed is an every day need not just during the holidays!

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Charles December 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I visited the link provided above (Census). I couldn't find anything that supports "Americans 65 years and older living in poverty is 16.1 percent." In fact, what I did find was, "In 2011, 13.7 percent of people 18 to 64 (26.5 million) were in poverty compared with 8.7 percent of people 65 and older (3.6 million) and 21.9 percent of children under 18 (16.1 million)." So, it seems people over 65 are actually in better shape than those under 65. Think about that the next time you're at the supermarket waiting in line behind a senior citizen who is spending ten minutes writing a check and using coupons for $15 worth of groceries while demanding senior discounts but who also has $1.3M in the bank, pays $800 a year in Prop 13 property taxes on a $1.2M home, and, while receiving Meals On Wheels, receives subsidized senior transportation to $75K/year worth of Medicare doctor appointments.
Margot Ferron December 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hi, Charles One of my friends Social Security was just cut $107 a month, as it is they were only getting $517. Another friend's Medicare increased $44 a month. Granted there are seniors with savings that are getting almost no interest. You can also go to MyAgeWell.org, AARP, etc. Your comments are mortifying! I will pass them on...I know seniors who can't even afford haircuts. Hopefully, you will consider volunteering and then you can see the need first-hand. Happy Holidays to you!

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