The community came together to help Comfort Keepers collect 3,868 pounds of food (almost two tons) through its STOP Senior Hunger initiative food drives for local seniors in need during September, Hunger Action Month.
The food was distributed to the Interfaith Food Bank of Morris County and Bridgewater Food Bank.
"We asked the community to help make food donations to help local seniors and raise awareness of the growing epidemic of senior hunger and malnutrition, and they came through with open arms," said Stephen Barlett, Director of Marketing and Client Services at Comfort Keepers of Bridgewater and Morristown. "It is obvious that the people of Somerset and Morristown care about helping our elders. With this kind of support, we will be able to help our senior neighbors live healthy, independent lives by getting the food and nutrition they need."
Comfort Keepers partnered locally with A&P, Kings, Morristown Senior Center, Basking Ridge Girl Scouts Troop 61231 as well as Office NJ in Bridgewater to place food collection bins at their locations.
"There are many factors involved in malnutrition, and hunger is just one of them," said Elizabeth Bartlett, President of the local Comfort Keepers office. "We hope this campaign helped people to understand the seriousness of the malnutrition problem among seniors and how it impacts families beyond just food availability."
In response to a growing need for awareness about senior hunger, the Comfort Keepers system has launched a nationwide campaign called STOP Senior Hunger to generate awareness of the importance of a healthy diet for those 65 and over. This senior nutrition campaign aims to help seniors preserve their independence by providing diet and nutrition information, encouragement and necessities.
For more information on the local STOP Senior Hunger campaign, contact your local Comfort Keepers office at 908-864-8044.