CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Help KCRG-TV9 Fill the Plate for seniors this holiday season.
KCRG-TV9 and our Show You Care sponsors are partnering with the Heritage Area Agency on Aging to raise money for its senior meals program and Meals on Wheels. The program serves Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Iowa, Johnson and Washington counties.
Or call 319-399-6000 to donate over the phone. $5 buys a nutritious meal for a senior living in eastern Iowa who needs it.
Watch KCRG-TV9 throughout the day on Tuesday, November 29th, to see the difference these donations make to seniors in eastern Iowa.
Facts about Fill the Plate and the Senior Meals programs:
• In FY ’16: 255,000 home delivered meals and 67,000 congregate meals were served.
• The 2015 Fill the Plate telethon was the National Grand Prize Recipient in the medium-size category for the Subaru Share the Love/Meals on Wheels America grant competition. The $20,000 award will be used to replace and repair aging equipment and provide additional meals
• Partially due to participants needing home delivered services rather than congregate services, voluntary contributions have decreased $237,000 in the last ten years
• 27% of funding for meals, comes from voluntary contributions
• Those most in need of home delivered meals are those that fall into the “gap” who do not qualify for gov’t assistance, but do not have enough income to pay medical bills, housing, and medication and also eat properly
• While there currently no waiting lists for meals, the program is not meeting the nutritional and social needs of participants in our region
• While nutrition is an important part of these services, the companionship and safety checks are as, or even more important than the actual meal
• As the need for meals continues, the number of volunteers declines and continues to age, leading to logistical challenges in providing daily meals to those who need them the most, leading to some reduction in frequency of delivery of meals
• Provider rely on hundreds of volunteers annually to prepare, serve and deliver meals to seniors at congregate dining sites and Meals on Wheels routes
• The cost of a year of Meals on Wheels is equal to one day in an institutional setting
• 67% of home delivered participants are high nutritional risk (12% increase from 2015
• 64% live alone (increase of 7% from 2015)
• Those who receive daily meals are more likely to: Have a reduced rate of falls, decrease concern of ability to remain in their home and fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness
• 72,000 of Iowa’s older adults are threatened by hunger
• At least 65% of current participants (congregate and home delivered) meet federal poverty guidelines