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“Going hungry still happens in Douglas County. As America’s economy continues to decline, hunger and malnutrition remain little-noticed problems among many older Americans.”
Many older Americans cannot afford to buy enough food or must at times choose between food and other expenses, such as utility bills or prescription drugs.
Many older Americans go hungry because they can’t afford three meals a day. Some, although they may have the necessary money, are too frail or ill to shop for food or prepare meals. Finally there are those seniors who snack on sweets, which serve as their main meal.
These are the people who are at risk for malnutrition.
Plans are under way for the annual “Miles for Meals” Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast on
September 25, 2010 between 7:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M.
We have music planned for the entire breakfast with Ramona Henning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and then the Heritage Singers from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. come listen and enjoy your morning while helping our home bound meal program.
Meals on Wheels are the generic name referring to the provision of meals to the homebound individuals and at group sites. In Ava this program is referred to as “Daily Bread”.
Last year the Senior Center provided to the Ava area 23,110 meals. Homebound meals totaled 15,928 delivered to seniors who can no longer stand at a stove to prepare a full meal.
This could not have been accomplished without the many volunteers who help deliver the meals. Our volunteers are the backbone of the senior center, without their dedication to helping others we would not be able to provide our many programs in our area including
The programs that the senior center provides are essential to allowing the elderly population to remain in their homes and maintain their independence. If you have ever taken the time to check out this program you know that our senior population is the fastest growing age group in our area. If one of your family members would become ill or fall and hurt themselves, would you be able to stop in every day and fix them a hot meal? This is something we don’t think about unless it hits home. That is why our hot meals and frozen meals for the weekend are so important.
In the past our annual breakfast has had a very positive response from local businesses.
This year we are planning a white elephant sale starting Thursday September 23, 2010 and ending the day of the breakfast at 11:00 a.m. If you have items you would like to donate please let us know. We have tickets to Branson shows that we will be doing a silent auction, and items donated by local merchants. The White Elephant Sale starting September 23 and ends September 25 and If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, or are interested in participating, please contact Bonnie Evans at the Senior Center the number is 683-5712.
We appreciate you in advance for your help. See you on September 25, 2010
Menu for the week:
Mon. 9/20/10: Country fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy corn and cake
Tues. 9/21/10: Pork cutlet, dressing, green beans, pudding.
Wed. 9/22/10: Homestyle chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed veg, ambrosia.
Thurs. 9/23/10: Cheeseburger, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream.
Fri. 9/25/10: Ham, baked sweet potato, peas, fruit crisp.