Holiday Meal Drive

November 17, 2017 - Paul Downey

For many of us, the holiday season means gathering with friends and family for feasting and gifts. It means vacations and visits and cozy fires in the hearth.

But what if the only thing the holiday season brought you was aching hunger, cold hands and feet, and nights spent wondering whether you’d eat tomorrow? Hunger is an everyday problem in San Diego – our elderly neighbors are starving. Please help us feed them.

Food or Shelter?

Thousands of our senior neighbors are living on Social Security incomes of less than $1,000 per month. Many are isolated and depressed – nearly half of them have to choose between rent and food, every single day. The majority of them will not celebrate the holidays with feasting or gifts. They will be too busy trying to survive – to scrape together spare change for their next meal – to celebrate the holidays at all.

The most common reason that our senior neighbors come to us is to receive a meal. No one is ever turned away, and we serve nearly 2,000 meals to more than 800 seniors every single day of the year.

$2.50 Feeds a Hungry Senior

A single meal costs us $2.50 to prepare and serve to a senior in need. This holiday season we want to raise $25,000, which will provide 10,000 senior meals. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, which is quickly approaching, I’m asking you to make a donation to help us feed our senior clients. Your gift today will ensure that low-income seniors will have lifesaving food this holiday season.

I hope that you will help eradicate hunger for San Diego’s seniors this #GivingTuesday. Every contribution, however large or small, helps a senior in need.

With gratitude,

Paul Downey
President and CEO, Serving Seniors

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