Asks for help to feed hungry seniors

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 22, 2013 

I read with interest the Sept. 4 article stating that 17.6 million U.S. household are struggling with hunger. It concerns me that so many don't know where their next meal will come from. Hunger leads to poor health and this perpetuates the challenges.

I am particularly concerned with the number of seniors that go hungry. The recent federal reductions in funding increases the problem as Meals on Wheels organizations are making the difficult decision to cut meal services, or to establish a waiting list for Meals on Wheels. How can we tell someone who is hungry to wait a few weeks or months until their name comes to the top of the list?

Meals on Wheels is so important to our seniors, often making the difference between being able to live at home or move to a nursing home. National studies show that good nutrition improves health, shortening hospital stays and increasing the ability of a senior to continue independent living in their home.

I urge your readers to support our local nonprofit organization, Whatcom Council on Aging, as they provide Meals on Wheels to seniors. Less than 40 percent of their funding comes from the federal government and our seniors need our help. Contributions can be sent to WCOA at 315 Halleck St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Don't let our seniors go hungry!

Louise Bjornson

Bellingham

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