Meals On Wheels: You Can Help
Enid Borden is a firecracker, small and fiery. She is the CEO and President of Meals On Wheels and has a mission to end hunger among seniors in America. And when you meet the fast-talking, passionate Enid (at left), whose career path included being a folk singer and a journalist as well as an advocate for social change, you believe that she will not rest until she puts herself out of business .
We all know a little about the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and that it delivers meals on a five-day-a-week basis to the housebound elderly. In fact, through local community-based nutrition programs in all 50 states as well as U.S. territories, the organization delivers one million meals a day to those who could go hungry. It also has an army of over a million volunteers who work for these programs.
Pretty impressive, right? But not, according to Enid, good enough. She reels off the statistics about the hidden hunger among the elderly. “There are over eight million senior citizens in this country today who are hungry or who face the threat of hunger,” she explains. “That translates into one in seven seniors. Those with lower incomes, living in the South or Southwest, those who are minorities are most likely to be threatened by hunger. Hunger in rural areas is a very great problem,” she continues. Her final dismaying fact: “Sixty percent of seniors facing the threat of hunger are women.” And though she is proud of the work her Association does, she also notes Meals on Wheels only delivers meals during the week and only delivers one meal a day to people who either cannot afford the food or cannot cook their other daily meals.