The goal of “Let No Senior Go Hungry” is to raise $40,000 by April 1, 2017, according to Ellen Rogers, VAC Executive Director. “We strongly believe that no senior should have to worry about where their next meal comes from,” said Rogers. “Unfortunately, Congress’ inability to agree on a budget has real and harmful impacts for the people we serve.” Rogers points out that the federal government has been operating on temporary spending measures since October 2017. These temporary measures do not authorize funding for many programs, including reimbursements for local senior nutrition agencies such as VAC.
VAC’s programs feed nearly 1,000 seniors within its service area, including DeKalb, LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties. Last year VAC produced and delivered nearly 116,000 nourishing meals to agency clients. The call to do more is increasing however. “The need for healthy meals to homebound seniors continues to rise every year,” said Rogers. “For every dollar we do not receive, it’s one more person for one more day that hasn’t been served a meal.”