Impact of Food Insecurity on Seniors

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MSK is moving forward in our mission to help more individuals experiencing food insecurity through access to healthy food, education, and connections. The way that you will see these changes at MSK in 2020 are:

  • a new name/logo/brand that better aligns with the current impact and encourages working families in need to seek assistance

  • steps toward a new space for the future that provides adequate storage, parking, and programming areas to continue to change lives in our community. The space will be welcoming, provide dignity, and encourage unity.

  • a constant commitment to create, evaluate, and improve new services that will touch the lives of our neighbors and evolve to remain current and applicable.

I will be communicating directly with you (our volunteers, supporters, and community champions) over the next 5 months as we prepare for an exciting year in the future of this great organization. I will be selecting one theme around food insecurity each month, providing an article that describes the need, highlighting which MSK program addresses that need, and then explaining how the future MSK will tackle this need in an even more substantial way, with your support, as we move forward.

Our theme this month is the Impact of Food Insecurity on Seniors. I have linked a great article that explains the concern. At MSK we see seniors daily who are on a fixed income and have worked very hard throughout their lives to provide for themselves, but they are now of retirement age and have such limited income that they struggle to make ends meet each month. MSK created our program called Food Movers to address this need in our community. If we have a person who has no transportation, cannot walk, or has extreme health needs, we conduct a home visit to meet with him/her and learn about their needs. We then match that person with two caring volunteers who deliver healthy fruits, veggies, and other foods weekly. The volunteers interact with the shut ins, learn of other resources they need, and show compassion and love. This program has grown in 2019 and we are conducting 3-5 new in- home interviews weekly. As MSK evolves in 2020, this program will be able to reach additional individuals and families in need who cannot access our building. We have been very concerned about how many people are isolated in their homes in our community and this program is providing food, love, and dignity to these special seniors.