The Issue: Seniors Need Nutritional Food to Maintain Health
Many elderly citizens live on fixed incomes and have to carefully manage their budget, often by purchasing less expensive, unhealthful foods. Existing medical conditions, limited transportation, and disabilities can also make it difficult to access outside food pantries and hot meal sites, according to Disability Studies Quarterly. Yet Feeding America reports that elderly citizens require nutritious food to support their health and overall quality of life and to prevent impaired digestion and deficiency diseases.
The Campaign: Fill Food Pantry with Nutritional Items
If this Grassroots campaign raises $360, then EDEN, Inc. can supply 40 days worth of nutritious meals for one elderly citizen at the Northridge Commons, a supportive-housing facility with 30 citizens over the age of 50 who have low incomes and disabilities. Each additional $9 raised will fund another three meals for an individual. This support will allow EDEN staff members to work with the resident to purchase healthful food items such as peanut butter and vegetables that they enjoy and that serve their individual nutritional needs. In addition to the physical benefits of nutritious meals, this showing of support can also help the tenant to feel more connected to their community, thereby improving their emotional well-being.
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Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc.
The staff and partners of Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. believe that all people need a home. As part of this mission, they maintain a collection of more than 90 properties, group homes, and affordable permanent-housing units across Cuyahoga County for more than 3,500 people with low incomes, a history of homelessness, and qualifying disabilities. In each property, residents maintain the freedom and independence necessary for them to be a part of the greater community, while still receiving access to support services within their building. EDEN property managers regularly work with partner agencies, such as Veteran’s Administration and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Mental Health Services (MHS). In time, tenants can take strength from their newfound stability to get a full-time job, reconnect with family, overcome addictions, or stay off the street.
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