In Monroe County, March has been designated as the month to “Raise Awareness of Senior Hunger.” Today, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Meals On Wheels and Senator Joe Robach are participating in the debut of “March for Meals Jeans Day” for seniors. Joe Robach has and will continue to fight to ensure seniors are receiving the proper nutrition. Across the country, 8.3 million seniors in the United States face the threat of hunger. In Monroe County, we currently have more than 150 seniors waiting for subsidized, home delivered meals. This is a problem that can be, and will be resolved here in Rochester.
For many which are considered part of the Greatest Generation, senior hunger is an issue in which many individuals are too proud to admit they are struggling with. Often times the senior may not even tell his or her family as they would almost feel as if they are letting down their sons or daughters. We as a society must ensure that seniors are getting the proper nutrition their bodies need, and we must figure out different ways to bring the issue to the limelight. Today, “March for Meals Jeans Day,” is a giant step in the right direction, but it’s not enough.
Today, many organization throughout Monroe County are will be involved in March for Meals Jeans Day. Employees within the organization may purchase a “March for Meals” sticker for a suggested donation of $5.00, which will also enable that particular employee to wear jeans or casual clothing to work. Throughout his many years of public service, Joe Robach has witnessed firsthand just how much of an issue senior hungry truly is, not only here in New York State, but throughout the Country. For every $1,000 raised today, an additional 200 meals can be served to low-income seniors in Monroe County. Joe Robach is committed to helping improve the lives of the many seniors here in Monroe County.