The Weekend Meal Program is an ongoing project for Loaves & Fishes Centers, the Meals-on-Wheels People. It operates out of our Elm Court Center in downtown Portland, Ore., and serves the lowest income and most isolated seniors in our service area. Without the hot meals we provide on Saturdays and Sundays, these seniors would have no access to food on the weekends. Many of them live in older, studio apartments with no access to cooking facilities.
Our weekend meal program has seen a marked increase in the number of seniors requesting meals. While the need for Meals-On-Wheels is motivated primarily by a physical need (unable to shop or cook), the need for meals in our centers is primarily driven by economic need. We have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of younger seniors (age 60 to 69) during the past six months. This reflects a national trend of recent retirees who are seeking ways to stretch their food dollar. The seniors who receive Weekend Meals deeply appreciate the generosity of GlobalGiving donors, and Loaves & Fishes thanks you for helping us reach our vision that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.
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