Rio Arriba Fights to End Senior Hunger

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger identifies and assesses the challenge of senior hunger. Through research, education and community partnerships, this foundation works to create the tangible and replicable solutions necessary to reverse the escalating number of seniors in the lifecycle of hunger.

In 2011, almost one in every 12 seniors above the age of 60 in the United States was food insecure. That represents 4.8 million seniors nationwide, which is more than double the number of food insecure seniors in 2001. There has been a substantial increase in food insecurity among seniors since the start of the Great Recession. Compared to 2007, the number of food insecure seniors was 50 percent higher in 2011.

The dramatic increase in need amongst seniors has had and will continue to have profound impacts on the demand for nutrition assistance. Given the nationwide increase on the number of seniors struggling with food insecurity and need for ongoing food assistance, it is imperative that we protect and strengthen nutrition programs to support healthy aging.

Rio Arriba County has secured a grant from the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging to address senior hunger in our county. The Wal-Mart Grant supports the nationwide campaign to End Senior Hunger in New Mexico. Rio Arriba County Senior Programs will be able to identify and register at least 20 new clients/individuals into the senior program to receive home delivered or congregate meals. Each of the nine senior centers in Rio Arriba County will be recruiting and registering new participants into the meals program under this grant.   Our senior centers are located in Alcalde, Chama, Coyote, Chimayo, Española, Dixon, El Rito, Tierra Amarilla and Truchas.

We invite all seniors, age 60 and older, to join us for lunch at our senior centers. The centers are open from 8:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. and lunch is served from 11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m., Monday through Friday.

-Juan Lopez, August 28