Danielle Hartman Letter to the Editor - 12.29.2015 Senior Hunger

On behalf of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, I wanted to thank the Sun Sentinel and writers, Diane Lade and Andy Reid, for the Dec. 20 story "Hidden Hungry," which successfully brought the South Florida senior hunger issue to the forefront. (Link to original article: http://interactive.sun-sentinel.com/senior-food-deserts/)

It is interesting to note, that according to a recent Feeding South Florida study, Palm Beach County has the highest percentage of "food insecure" individuals in South Florida; 202,110 people do not know where they will find their next meal and 63,660 children go to bed hungry. United Way of Palm Beach County reports 41 percent of households are walking a financial tightrope in Palm Beach County and may be one unexpected expense away from hunger.

JFS serves Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach residents. Through its Jacobson Family Food Pantry, JFS distributes more than 100,000 pounds of food annually consisting of non-perishable groceries and fresh produce to people experiencing serious financial difficulties.

JFS' Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritionally balanced prepared meals, which allow seniors to age in place safely for as long as possible. Through the help of our volunteers, more than 24,000 meals are delivered each year.

JFS is always in need of donations and volunteers to support these programs (561-852-3333 or info@ralesjfs.org). Together with our colleagues from neighboring social services agencies, we can partner in helping to eliminate hunger in our community.

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM, president and CEO, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services

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