The Issue: Seniors Lack Resources for Healthful Meals
For many senior citizens, a fixed or low income can be an overwhelming challenge. As their medical expenses grow, their income buys less and nutritious food often becomes a luxury item. The holidays can be especially challenging since many seniors lack the option to enjoy a healthful holiday meal. Through food centers and distribution programs, Focus: HOPE supplements the dietary needs of about 35,000 seniors in 42 metropolitan Detroit communities and aims to distribute meals to its program recipients to lessen stressful experiences around the holidays.
The Campaign: Distributing Holiday Meals to Seniors
If 30 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Focus: HOPE can distribute holiday-meal packages to 60 senior citizens. Donations will be matched up to $1,000 by an anonymous donor. In addition to seniors' normal package of food delivered through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Focus: HOPE will distribute packages of turkey, fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods, and cake mix—enough for more than one meal—so that seniors can celebrate the holidays without worrying about food acquisition. Each additional $10 raised will fund a holiday meal for another two seniors.
All donations will be matched up to a $1,000 total by an anonymous donor.
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Every month, Focus: HOPE provides regular food assistance to 5,000 mothers and children and 37,000 senior citizens across southeast Michigan. This means that since 1971 the organization has donated more than 501 million meals to ensure all community members have access to food. To do this, volunteers work alongside staff at four food centers, where people experiencing hunger can shop for nutritious items and produce for free. At Focus: HOPE’s central warehouse, meanwhile, volunteers assemble boxes of food to distribute to homebound seniors. And during the holidays, Focus: HOPE also distributes a special package of holiday food to the seniors in its program.
Yet Focus: HOPE isn't only focused on hunger. The center also aims to end the cycle of poverty through educational programming and career preparation. Since it began down this path in 1981, the organization has empowered nearly 12,000 people to obtain successful, satisfying careers while assisting high-school students in STEM courses and boosting the literacy rate of younger children.