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Meals On Wheels

Did you know that each May the nation celebrates Older Americans Month?  In 1963, President Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country.  In 1980, President Carter changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.  This year, May is dedicated to providing them with information to help them stay healthy and active.  Unfortunately, 8.8 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2011*.  That’s 1 in 6 seniors nationwide!

Mobile Cuisine has partnered up with the GiveNetwork and Give.mobi to unite the food truck community in Fighting Hunger in America.  This initiative supports two good organizations; Convoy Of Hope (ConvoyOfHope.org) and Meals On Wheels Association of America (MoWAA.org), by uniting the food truck community and consciously engaging their customers in making donations.  Food trucks participate by displaying unique QR “portals” allowing customers to use their smartphones to easily make a donation.  We love how this initiative marries food trucks and mobile technology to facilitate Fighting Hunger in America.

The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.  There are over 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States. These programs provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior centers, some programs deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors whose mobility is limited, and many programs provide both services.

An impressive number of meals are delivered, but couldn’t be done without their army of employees and over two million full- and part-time volunteers who work for these programs.  Over 85% of the elder recipients say Meals On Wheels helps improve their health, 90% claim they feel more secure and 92% say Meal On Wheels means they can continue to live in their own homes**.  There is great success in their programs and we want to make sure it continues.

Mobile Cuisine is encouraging all food trucks to help in Fighting Hunger in America.  The registration process is easy.  Every food truck that registers by May 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gas gift card.

Mobile Cuisine is proud to be partnered in this initiative and will highlight program milestones.  We will continue to encourage food truck registrations and customer donations to help further the good work of Convoy of Hope and Meals On Wheels Association of America.

*Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. “The State of Senior Hunger in America 2011: An Annual Report.” National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, September, 2013. The full report is available  here .

**According to the 2011 National Survey of Older Americans Act Program Participants conducted for the U.S. Administration on Aging

Food Trucks Hungry Kids

Remember those summer afternoons when you would hear the tinkling of ice cream truck music and you would rush to grab your money and run out to get a tasty treat? Now, people are getting all sorts of food from food trucks. With pop culture catching on with shows like “The Great Food Truck Race” hosted by Tyler Florence, food trucks have become cool, hip places to grab a bite to eat.

However, there are 22 million kids in this country that can’t afford to eat — at a food truck or elsewhere — and who are in danger of going hungry this summer.

It’s not that low-income kids don’t have access to free meals in the summer; they do. In the summer, free meals are served to kids just like they are during the school year — in school cafeterias during summer camps or summer school programs. There is a stigma associated with showing up to the school to collect free meals, though, and so many students don’t take advantage of these programs over the summer. In some places, the gas prices are so high and families are so in need that they don’t have the money to drive to the school to get the meals, so kids go hungry.

In New Haven, Connecticut, Tim Cipriano, executive director of school food services for the city, is trying out a new plan. He is using food trucks to bring meals to hungry kids, and he’s hoping that bringing the meals to them will not only increase access to food, but will also reduce the stigma associated with receiving free meals. Even better, the program dictates that all kids under the age of 18- – low-income or not — can get the meals from the food trucks, so this method of distribution is quickly becoming a cool place for kids from all walks of life to come and get a good meal.

Last August, Cipriano piloted the program, and this year he is planning on serving more than 40,000 meals between July and August. Currently, he’s providing bagged lunches consisting of a sandwich, a piece of fruit and milk, but he hopes to be able to serve more in the way of hot meals or a salad bar once he gets the equipment he needs.

Similar programs are popping up all over the nation. In Indiana, for example, the Fayette County food service director, Siobahn Carey, read about Cipriano’s food trucks and was able to implement the program in her rural are where summer food distribution programs are so woefully under attended that sites often have to shut down due to lack of participation.

In a nation where so many children are going hungry, it is vitally important that we continue to find solutions that work in our communities. Delivering food to students over the summer by way of food trucks is just one example of the superb innovation in our country, but we shouldn’t stop there. Programs exist to help kids get food even when they are not in school, and we need to be doing our part to make sure families are taking advantage of these programs and getting the nutrition they need.

Find the original article by Ashley Lauren at care2.com <here>

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