From the Executive Director

"Operation Accelerate": Harvesting a "Season for Seniors" Amidst Holiday Crisis 

by Joy Cohan, Executive Director, November 2022

 

Cooler fall days in Yolo County signal the promise of the pending holiday season. “Home for

the holidays” are words that may remind us of time spent with grandparents and other elders, often enjoying delicious, festive meals together.

Sadly, too many grandparents and other seniors in our community don’t have family nearby with whom to celebrate. And the struggles to stay nourished on a routine basis are magnified at the holidays. Inflation plummeted a million more seniors nationwide into poverty last year, with poverty now afflicting more than 10% of all seniors, a 20-year high, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Special holiday foods are financially out of reach and access to daily nutrition is similarly in jeopardy.

Isolation also acutely impacts seniors this time of year. Family may not live nearby, and rising fuel costs can impede visits. Additionally, friends and neighbors may pass away or move for caregiving reasons. Elders left behind are at risk for loneliness, harming their mental well-being just as food insecurity threatens their physical health.

Meals on Wheels Yolo County strives to serve increasingly more of these seniors with dependable,“home-cooked” meals and wellness check-ins that encourage socialization. But, with thousands of seniors in Woodland, West Sacramento, Davis, Winters, and rural locations awaiting support, and the current resources to serve only 500-600, holiday cheer is needed at this tender time.

We’ve launched the “Season for Seniors” Holiday Meal Campaign to ensure the holiday nutrition and companionship that our most seasoned neighbors deserve.  While your campaign gift of $200 means another Yolo County senior is assured hot, healthy meals cheerfully and continuously delivered from Thanksgiving through Christmas, gifts of any size advance MOW Yolo’s capacity to provide more meals to more seniors, more nutritiously, and more equitably. Your commitment adds light to our $75,000 campaign goal, delivering holiday food and friendship to 500 local seniors over the coming month.

Your generous, heartfelt “Season for Seniors” Holiday Meal Campaign donation is like setting another place at your holiday table for a struggling, seasoned senior.  Gifts are encouraged through “Giving Tuesday” November 29th.

How many seniors will you nourish in your neighborhood this month with happiness and a hot meal?

 

With gratitude,

Joy Cohan

Executive Director

jcohan@mowyolo.org

530-383-1814

 

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