- Social Services
9.3 million Americans over the age of 60 face the threat of hunger. That’s 1 in 6. From the onset of the 2007 recession until 2012, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger increased by 49%. Through our noon time meal and Meals on Wheels programs alone, Generations serves more than 95,000 nutritious meals per year to low-income seniors at no cost to them.
Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality and the ability to remain independent. Healthy eating can increase mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed and the ability to manage chronic health problems. Generations’ nutrition programs ensure that seniors have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility and resources are lacking.
Research conducted by Meals on Wheels America has shown that senior nutrition programs promote independence and health for our senior populations. Their research also has shown that an entire year of meals can be served to a Meals on Wheels client for the same cost as seven days in a nursing home.
Generations Works With Local First Responders
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012, Generations’ staff and volunteers used the Center’s facilities and resources to work in partnership with local Emergency Responders and provided nearly 500 meals for community senior citizens in homes without power. Residents of Valley Vista – a senior citizen, low income, high-rise in Souderton were without power for an entire week following the storm. Emergency personnel determined that bringing meals to the elderly residents was safer than moving them out of their homes. With the help of Generations, all of the residents were able to receive hot, nutritious meals until power was restored.
Generations Aids Other Senior Centers
Beginning in early December 2013, Generations assumed responsibility for preparing and delivering the noontime meal for a nearby senior community center in Lansdale, Pennsylvania – The PEAK Center. Following relocation from their own building to space within the Schwenkfeld Manor community, the PEAK Center is without a kitchen of their own and needed an outside provider for their congregate meal program. Each day, Monday through Friday, Generations prepares and delivers their daily meal. While they were in their own facility, the PEAK Center served an average of 12 meals per day. Since the beginning of December that count has grown to 35-40 meals per day.