Food, Shelter, Clothing
Those three commodities are universally understood to be the basic necessities of life. Despite this, advocates for people in need frequently fail to understand the important connection between the three necessities and how recognizing and acting on it could improve the quality of life and health of many of our vulnerable seniors. It is NFESH’s vision to lead the way in changing that and we have already begun to do so.
On October 13, NFESH Founder and CEO enid borden took to the podium to deliver the keynote address at the Annual Meeting of AAMCI in Orlando, FL. “I was so delighted to bring our message and mission to the attention of people responsible for managing housing properties where many seniors at risk of hunger reside,” Enid Borden said. “This particular kind of cross-sector dialogue between organizations like AAMCI and NFESH is unusual these days, but is what is clearly needed. I am happy to reintroduce it into the national and local conversations,” Borden continued.
Following her remarks, Borden was approached by numerous members of the audience who thanked her for bringing the issue of senior hunger to their attention. In particular, they were interested in considering ways that they could help identify and bring services to their older tenants who were threatened by hunger and having difficulty accessing nutritious food on a regular basis.
“We agreed to continue the discussion with an eye toward action,” Borden said. In the past, federal dollars were available through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the establishment of nutrition programs in HUD supported housing facilities. That program is no longer available to new sites. “The concept was a good one and worthy of reinvigorating or replicating with or without government support” continued Borden.
Now that we have raised the awareness of the important role that creating a “food and shelter connection” can play in reducing senior hunger, NFESH plans to continue examining ways we can work with AAMCI and its members to the benefit of their older tenants.