May 13 Care Mission

Experience Hunger

Instead of a Care Mission, we're encouraging you to take a Care Challenge this week to better understand the impact hunger can have on seniors.

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The Details: Nearly 5 million senior citizens currently face hunger in our country, according to Feeding America. This may mean seniors are choosing between food and other necessities to live. 63% of the households with older adults (50+) that Feeding America serves find themselves facing an impossible choice – to buy groceries or medical care.

Care Challenge: Experience Hunger

To complete this challenge, delay just one meal past your regularly scheduled meal time until you begin to feel hungry.

Why? So you can have a better understanding for how it may feel to be a senior facing hunger on a regular basis. Many people face hunger, and according to Feeding America, the rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 45% since 2001.

Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take the care challenge and experience hunger by delaying a meal or skipping a snack and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

  1. Were you distracted when you felt hungry?

  2. How would you feel if you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from?

  3. How long did you delay your meal before you felt hungry?

  4. What would you give up so you could afford food?

Could you do it? Did it change the way you viewed senior hunger? What can you do to help prevent senior hunger?

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45 seniors have been helped with this mission. Log your progress so we can add one more.

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Community Comments

  1. I work at a greenhouse and I said hello to several seniors on Friday April 10th.

    Ada
    1 Mission Completed
  2. Judy yes i have noticed all the seniors and try to help as much as possible but can only do so much since l am on a walker my a im n life is. To be able to wa lk on my own again

    Judy
    0 Missions Completed
  3. I work at a greenhouse and I greeted several seniors on Friday the April 10th

    Ada
    1 Mission Completed
  4. Gosh I did feel quite desperate and grumpy – (maybe some of the ‘grumpy old men’ stereotypes just need sweetening with some good food and a bit of love! 😆) Actually my uncle was a bit like that, and he didn’t really know how to cook. Hmmm

    But on a serious note I am sad this is a thing. How awful to have to go hungry. We should as a society be looking after them better.

    Coralee
    1 Mission Completed
  5. I had 12 teeth pulled 2days ago! I’m still not up to par but I know what you mean. I regularly donate food and fully support the food bank in my area

    Rita
    8 Missions Completed
  6. A elderly lady I called grandma she lives downstairs for me she has the flu low top balls on herself last night 1 in the morning my friend call me ask me if I can help her it was no problem and then I look at grab my eyes and I asked her was she okay she would tell me she’s doing the best you can grandma told me she wasn’t feeling well wish it was more that I can do

    Rebecca
    1 Mission Completed
  7. I missed the lunch line at the village where I live as bus was late getting back. I had to wait until next meal, and it made me think of when people don’t have food or money to buy, or some food on hand for unexpected times.

    Sharon
    2 Missions Completed
  8. I love to help my elders by cooking. And I know what hungry feels like , years ago I struggled to feed my son and I now I am blessed !

    Larie
    5 Missions Completed
  9. Hi all my seniors.May you all have a fabulous evening💯❤❤❤✋

    Lena
    1 Mission Completed
  10. We share by donating to food drives and are actively involved in growing a community garden for the local food bank as well as participating on the board of the local college to reduce hunger. We both postpone breakfast on Monday and Friday until 11:00 am.

    Carol
    0 Missions Completed
  11. Seniors have more then just afford ing food!! They have trouble chewing (poor dentures or none at all)! Their taste buds are demenist do to age, all they can tast is sweet! Their treated poorly at food pantrys made to stand in lines with cans, walkers and their in pain! Most food offered is hard to chew or their diet does not allow it. And yes i have witness large amout of cat food bought and i dont think alot of them have 50 to hundred cats!!!! Next time be kind to our seniors they are living in a world they no longer recognise or understand

    Maureen
    0 Missions Completed
  12. Sometimes I wonder if people who have never left this country know how blessed they are. SKIP ONE MEAL. There are countries where all they see is a meal a day; and some: IF THAT….

    Jorge
    1 Mission Completed
  13. Sometimes my clients don’t know if they have eaten or not. I put out a snack of something. Lucky that they have food in the cupboard. I bring things I’ve made at home if I know what they like or I have prepared.

    Rita
    8 Missions Completed
  14. I misunderstood your message .I am a senior & need help myself. Thanknyou.

    Margaret
    0 Missions Completed
  15. I work at experience hunger,and also says hi to senior on 13 may,2019.

    Usman
    9 Missions Completed
  16. I got busy at work one day and didn’t get a chance to eat my breakfast or lunch. Worked overtime too. Couldn’t understand why I was feeling bad until I realized I hadn’t eaten all day. This was one day. Many go hungry for days. Bless them al

    Donna
    2 Missions Completed
  17. I usually bring my lunch to work or buy it when I have the money. One day I forgot my lunch and didn’t have any extra money on me. After work and running errands I was starving. Made myself dinner and it hit me about people not eating all day and no food to fix for themselves. Bless them all

    Donna
    2 Missions Completed
  18. One day I forgot my lunch and didn’t have extra money to order out. By the time I got home after running errands I started feeling shaky and sick. I remembered I hadn’t had lunch and fixed myself something to eat. It hit me that I am greatfull to be able to have food in my house when I’m hungry where there’s people who do not have that option.

    Donna
    2 Missions Completed
  19. Care mission was to say hello to seniors. The past 2 days when I have been at the YMCA I did just that! I would guess I’m at at least 15, maybe more! I’m amazed that it ends up being more than hello! I have enjoyed the conversations.

    Dawn
    1 Mission Completed
  20. My family call a few seniors in our area every dinner time to make sure they have food to eat. Or we just stop in with something. We have done this for at least 20 years. We love the feeling it gives us and them

    Cindy
    2 Missions Completed
  21. Instead of postponing I skipped my meal. I find a lot of seniors go without, so I thought that is what I should do. At first, no problem. Later on all I could do was think about food and how hungry I was. It was not a good feeling.

    Hally Ashby
    2 Missions Completed
  22. Working in the field of senior caregivers I unfortunately see this a lot!!! Taking the time to prepare good meals on their budget is challenging and unfortunately cooking good meals is a thing of the past!! I always try to find a recipe that sticks to their budget and have also done my best to try and teach other caregivers the importance of cooking good meals as well as how to cook them!! I also give my phone number to co-workers so I can assist them through any meals they try to make!

    Susan
    2 Missions Completed
  23. As part of my Lenten sacrifice earlier this Spring, I skipped a meal here and there and went without any snacks between meals.
    It was sometimes aggravating and made me a bit testy and unhappy. It also caused me to lose weight which made me realize that those who have to go without food at times probably experience the same thing, which is sad.

    Donna
    11 Missions Completed
  24. Senior hunger would be hard! It breaks my heart to think so many do.
    My dad helps with meals on wheels and takes the time to visit with the seniors.

    Taffy
    5 Missions Completed
  25. I had an early breakfast and then went the entire day without lunch and dinner. By 3pm I felt hungry but it wasn’t until 7 pm that I felt stomach aches due to feeling hungry. I went on until the next morning and began to think about the hunger that is real to many seniors and other people. I felt really badly thinking that many people do not know where their next meal is coming from or how long it will be before they can eat again. I also thought that if I had to give up something to be able to have my next meal, I would give up any and all of the amenities that I currently have to secure my health and a daily meal.

    Rachel
    5 Missions Completed
  26. I held off on breakfast, which I normally eat as soon as I wake, for 3 hours. I only drank water until lunch time. I felt tired, confused, forgetful, & my stomach started to ache! It was not a good feeling. If I had to give something up in order to eat, I’d choose my electricity. Because I could use solar flashlights & candles. Plus, I’m entertained by reading, gardening, & repurposing old things. I actually started to grow food & collect & recycle rain, bath, & dish water because I became disabled & couldn’t afford much.

    Haydee
    3 Missions Completed
  27. I used to work at a restaurant where they’d throw out the soup of the day & the daily bread. But instead of throwing it out, I would take them home. The next morning, before my 3 mile walk with my pup, I’d warm & pack it all up in small containers & make individual lunches for the homeless people along my route! And they loved it! A young gal who loved it & was so thankful, asked me to bring the same soup again! It definitely felt good to not only make use of food that would’ve been thrown out, but to actually be able to help others in need. Instead of it heading for the landfill, it warmed someone’s belly!

    Haydee
    3 Missions Completed
  28. On July 9th, my sorority sister and I volunteered with Feeding South Florida for their monthly Senior Meal Pack. We helped pack boxes of non-perishable items to be sent to senior citizens in need of food. In addition, I regularly volunteer at LifeNet 4 Families. This organization also provides food, clothing and other services to those in need. Although I don’t see all of their recipients, I am sure senior citizens also benefit from their services.

    Gwen
    5 Missions Completed

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