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Anne is among 25 percent of seniors in San Diego who need a meal

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Anne O’Dwyer is a 79-year-old mother and grandmother who suffers from severe arthritis and edema. Her family lives thousands of miles away, so she has learned to rely on herself to get her needs met.

She is extremely grateful for the home delivered meals provided by the non-profit agency, Serving Seniors. For 45 years, Serving Seniors has provided meals to help supplement monthly needs of seniors like Anne. And it adds something more: continuity. Anne gets to see her driver, Anna, every day.

“Every day Anna comes and delivers these wonderful meals and what I really like is the little things: milk, bread, little cups of fruit, an orange, an apple,” says Anne. “Aside from the monetary savings, it really is delightful to have somebody visit me every day for a minute and deliver this. It’s like a surprise every day.”

Many seniors live on just $850 per month and have to pay $700 to live in a single room downtown. By the end of the month, many seniors are eating just one meal a day.

In San Diego, 41 percent of the senior population falls far below the income level for self-sufficiency. This equates to 141,000 seniors in San Diego. Many of these seniors are grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren. Other vulnerable populations include single women, Latinos and African Americans. Data shows that the self-sufficiency level for seniors is an income of $24,000 per year. However, one in four seniors are living on about $11,500 per year. This is even below the poverty level of $12,500 per year.

Our seniors have nowhere else to turn for help. They do not have families and do not have additional means for support.

We don’t think any senior should have to suffer. That’s why we deliver 2,300 meals daily, 365 days a year, to seniors throughout San Diego County. Meals are delivered to 10 congregate sites around San Diego County – from San Ysidro to Ramona – as well as to 500 homes for clients who are home-bound.

We are the largest provider of meals, accounting for 50 percent of meal delivery services to low income seniors in San Diego. Our home-bound senior clients cannot get out to senior centers due to health ailments or are isolated from their community. Meals are delivered by staff members so that there is continuity and care for the senior's needs.

In 2015, Serving Seniors will provide nearly 600,000 meals throughout the year.

Please join our campaign to help the Hidden Hungry. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of December. Every $10 equals four meals.

Please donate today or multiply your efforts with our peer-to-peer fundraising campaign

Thank you for helping San Diego's Hidden Hungry.

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