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Community Food Donations Help the Elderly

Marketing over Breakfast (MOB) of Johnson County, Comfort Keepers, Huguley Home Health, and other community partners teamed up to help fight senior hunger in our local area. During November through January, which were national “Hunger Action Months,” the community made 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. 

All the donations were given to Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties.  Collectively, 1193 pounds were collected, sorted, and delivered on January 22 to more than 80 homebound people in Johnson County.  This food was the most collected of any other group who participated in this year’s “STOP Senior Hunger” campaign.

“MOB of Johnson County collected the most of all the MOB groups. As the facilitator for Johnson County MOB, I am so proud of our community partners pulling together to help stop senior hunger. We are blessed to live in a community who values lending a helping hand.  Our partners pulled together and collected over a ½ ton of food items to give to our local Meals-on-Wheels clients.  Thank you to all who donated and volunteered your time to make this a success,” said Lisa Ortner of Huguley Home Health.

A startling number of U.S. seniors risk going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care. In fact, Texas is ranked #4 in the nation for elderly food insecurity.  Hunger can lead to malnutrition and other serious health problems in seniors. In fact, one in three seniors in the care of others is at risk for malnutrition or under nutrition. For seniors, malnutrition means the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living facilities and premature death.

“Together, with groups like MOB of Johnson County, our local businesses, volunteers and donors, we are making a difference in the lives of our homebound elderly.  Our goal is to make sure that our seniors’ needs here in Johnson County are met,” said Tracy Robinson, Meals-on-Wheels client services director. 

Mature Advantages / Marketing over Breakfast, is a network of organizations dedicated to connecting organizations and individuals focused on providing care and services to our aging population.  The group’s goal is to become resources for one another by sharing time together each month at Marketing over Breakfast meetings learning about one another’s businesses. Each member strives to educate themselves on other members’ services, so that appropriate referrals can be made to one another.  For more information on MOB, please contact Lisa Ortner at Lisa.Ortner@AHSS.ORG or (817) 426-2200. 

Meals-on-Wheels is a community benefit organization serving the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout Johnson and Ellis County for 34 years.  If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or if you know of someone who could benefit from Meals-on-Wheels services, please call (817) 558-2840 or (972) 351-9943, or online at www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.