According to Visiting Nurse Association President and CEO Robert Carpenter,
“Hunger among the elderly is one of the most important, yet least known health problems in the United States. One out of every four seniors in our nation goes hungry each day. Over half of all elderly individuals hospitalized each year suffers from malnutrition that either caused their illness or prevented them from getting well.
“Lack of adequate resources, illness, disability, and frailties related to old age prevent many elderly from shopping for food and preparing their own meals.
“The Visiting Nurse Association prepares over 4,000 meals each weekday for home delivery to elderly, sick, and disabled individuals in Dallas County. Receiving a nutritious home-delivered meal makes it possible for many of them to continue to live in their own homes instead of needing institutional care.
“State funding cuts, though, have put hundreds of elderly on a waiting list to receive Meals on Wheels.
“In addition, more than half of all VNA Meals on Wheels deliveries are made by paid drivers because there are not enough volunteers. A volunteer driver delivering just one Meals on Wheels route on a single day saves VNA enough money to provide a homebound elderly individual with a home-delivered meal for an entire week.”
“To make a donation or volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels, call (214) 689-0000 or go online at www.vnatexas.org. Thank you for your support.”
– Robert Carpenter, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association
* Photo provided by the Visiting Nurse Association