SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Through its Meals on Wheels program, Senior Citizens Inc. delivers more than 1,800 hot meals to seniors each day throughout the Coastal Empire.
"We are finding as senior population grows, the need for senior nutrition grows," said Senior Citizens Inc. Karen Daiss. "A lot of our seniors can't get out to the grocery store to feed themselves or they don't have the means to feed themselves, so we are hoping to provide a nutritional balanced meal for them, so they can get the nutritional needs they need on a daily basis."
In order to help end senior hunger in our community, some folks are logging miles for meals. It's an opportunity for our community to lace up their sneakers and help raise funds and awareness for seniors.
"To be elderly alone and wanting a meal, if we can help in any way to assist to get meals out there, there is nothing wrong with that, while incorporating running," said Fleet Feet Sports Owner Robert Espinoza.
The Senior Citizens Inc. Miles for Meals 5K will take place this Saturday at Daffin Park. With more than 500 seniors, at or below the federal poverty line and needing nutritional support Chatham County alone, every mile logged will make a huge impact and maybe even inspire some seniors to get moving.
"When you are a senior, we want them to stay active," said Espinoza. "It's hard to stay active when you don't have a good meal. This meal would help give them the energy they need to think about walking, whether around the house or outside walking a little bit. Now that running, walking and fitness is at its boom in Savannah, I am hoping that spurs that on."
Georgia ranks No. 6 on Meals on Wheels Association of America's "Top Ten Hunger States" list, based on a recently released research study, with nearly one in every 12 seniors in Georgia being at risk for hunger.
The Miles for Wheels 5K race will be held Saturday at Daffin Park.