MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH : MOBILIZING THE PUBLIC TO SOLVE SENIOR HUNGER
Every year since 1963, May has been designated by the National Council of Senior Citizens as the month for the United States to appreciate and celebrate older adults and their contributions to our communities. Likewise, Feeding America participates in the movement
by raising awareness and showing support for seniors facing hunger in our country.
Feeding America and its network of more than 200 food banks unite to bring attention to the issue of senior hunger and share ways for individuals to get involved to help solve it.
Lack of access to food among seniors can cause severe health consequences. A recent study released jointly by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger revealed that food insecurity in seniors is associated with a number of diseases and other negative health consequences, including depression, heart attacks, asthma and congestive heart failure.
YOU CAN HELP! As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need.
Join the Iowa Food Bank Association in the fight against senior hunger!
To join our campaign, make a sign using a black marker and large font that says “#solve senior hunger.” Be creative. Use non traditional materials such as a pizza box, paper plate, brown paper lunch bag, or even a piece of recycled card board.
Pose for a photo with a senior you know, while holding your #SolveSeniorHunger sign. Next, go to Facebook and search for the Iowa Food Bank Association and like our page. Also search for “Feeding America” and like our national organization’s page.
Share your photo! Below are some sample posts you can use with your photo. Be sure to share it to the Iowa Food Bank Association’s wall!
Over 4.8 M seniors in the US struggle w/ hunger. Help expose the issue and join @FeedingAmerica to #SolveSeniorHunger
Senior hunger = higher risk for chronic health conditions. Help @FeedingAmerica #SolveSeniorHunger – post your senior photo to support!
I’m helping #SolveSeniorHunger! JOIN ME and @FeedingAmerica by taking a pic with a senior you know to show your support.
SUGGESTED FACEBOOK POSTS
My [insert photo relation here, i.e.: husband, grandma or grandson] and I are helping to #SolveSeniorHunger by exposing the issue. Join us and @FeedingAmerica by taking a photo with a senior you know to show your support for over 4.8 million seniors facing hunger in America.
Seniors who struggle with hunger are more likely to report heart attacks, develop asthma and experience congestive heart failure than seniors who are food secure. Join me, my [insert photo relation here, i.e.: grandpa or granddaughter] and @FeedingAmerica by
posting your own photo with a senior you know to show your support and help #SolveSeniorHunger in America.