As the economy has continued to struggle for the last several years, it has resulted in lower incomes for not only the working population, but also the senior population. As each year passes, salaries have continued to decrease, putting more seniors in harm’s way when it comes to hunger. More than ever, the senior population in the United States struggles with hunger. Roughly one in seven seniors is currently struggling to provide food for both their families and themselves. Joe Robach understands this is a major issue for local seniors and has continued to find ways to fight against this issue.
Recently Monroe County, in partnership with New York State and local Friendly’s restaurants has created a social program for seniors which allows them to receive one-third of their daily nutritional needs with a recommended donation of $3.00 per meal, and also allows them to engage with other seniors. Friendly’s Restaurants, located on both sides of the city, allowing all Monroe County seniors an opportunity to take advantage of this great program. There are currently three locations; Friendly’s at Greece Ridge Center Mall, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am-11am, 2425 West Henrietta Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-11am, and 1292 Fairport Road, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am-11am. Joe Robach has worked with seniors for many years and has constantly fought for better access to nourishing meals for seniors. These three locations do just that.
Hunger within the city limits is at an even higher rate than that of the suburbs. In the near future, Monroe County will most likely be unveiling a new location where seniors will be able to access these services at such a low cost. Joe Robach has met with many seniors within the city and knows just how important of a service this would be. Funding for this program is a federally funded and is administered through each individual county. At the state level, Senate Republicans understand the severity of this issue and will continue to do all that is necessary to ensure proper attention is being paid to this major issue.