| December 6, 2019 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. |
Food 2 Families is WGRZ-TV Channel 2, Tops Friendly Markets and Townsquare Media’s annual outdoor food drive that brings out the WNY community to support our fellow neighbors in need. Little Brown Bags of Hope to benefit Food 2 Families and our Food Bank program will be sold at local Tops stores from November 24 through December 28. Donations as part of Food 2 Families support FeedMore WNY’s Food Bank program.
Please consider supporting Food 2 Families by volunteering with us! Volunteer shifts are available at the following Tops Friendly Markets locations:
- 3980 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226
- 2101 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207
- 4777 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
- 6150 South Park Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075
- 5827 S Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094
- 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
By Kate Kane, RDN, CDN
Incorporating good nutrition into one’s daily routine plays an important role in the healthy aging process. Well-balanced nutrition can positively impact healing outcomes, prevent infections, and help maintain physical strength and independence. When an older adult is battling chronic health conditions, they are at an even greater risk for malnutrition, which can lead to an increase in medical complications and may heighten the possibility of hospital re-admissions down the road.
So what does malnutrition look like? Oftentimes it’s not as obvious to detect as you might think. Since malnutrition is simply being in a state of improper nutrition, which may be caused by limited access to healthful foods or the inability to properly absorb nutrients from one’s diet, many malnourished people do not appear thin or underweight. This is why it is important to pay attention to your loved ones’ eating habits and to be aware of any changes in medications that may affect appetite and nutrient absorption.
Some symptoms that may indicate malnutrition can often appear as usual signs of aging. These symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Eating only small amounts of meals
- Unplanned weight loss
- Swelling or the accumulation of fluid
Simple ways to combat malnutrition include:
- Eating nutrient dense foods such as ripe fruits and vegetables.
- Consuming quality protein sources like peanut butter and whole grain toast and crackers, including an extra egg white in omelets or scrambled eggs, adding quinoa to salads and soups, using whole milk instead of 1%.
- Spicing up bland meals for those on dietary restrictions with the use of healthful herbs and seasonings.
- Consuming protein rich snacks throughout the day like nuts, yogurt, or cheese varieties. Using a creamy peanut butter or softer nuts like walnuts may help eliminate chewing issues.
- Buying dry and canned goods in bulk to save money and the need for trips to the grocery store.
- Making use of community programs that support food insecure individuals, such as Meals on Wheels and grocery store delivery services.
If you suspect you or your loved one is at risk for or showing signs of malnutrition reach out to your medical provider and request a nutrition screening at your next appointment, or request a referral to a registered dietitian.
“September is Hunger Action Month – a month where people all over America stand together with Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.”
Raise awareness about hunger in our community and promote access to healthy food by getting involved in Hunger Action Month:
- Learn more about advocating on behalf of our neighbors in need by visiting our Advocacy page.
- Protect SNAP by adding your comment about proposed rule changes. Visit Feeding America’s comment form to share your opinion.
- Tell others how you will help to end hunger by “Passing the Plate” to friends and family. Learn more by clicking here.
- On Monday, September 16, 2019, the Peace Bridge will be lit orange from dusk to 1:00 a.m.!
- On Monday, September 16, 2019, Niagara Falls will light up in orange between 10:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. (lighting conditions may affect the start time). Thank you to the Niagara Falls Illumination Board for helping us recognize Hunger Action Month!
- Read the proclamation from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, declaring September 2019 as “Hunger Action Month!”
FeedMore WNY is once again a beneficiary of the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Stop by Sahlen Field on Labor Day Weekend to enjoy an afternoon full of Buffalo’s favorite food!
Volunteers are needed to help us at this year’s event:
- Friday, August 30, 2019 in the morning to help set up the event.
- Saturday, August 31, 2019 between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m to run the food ticket tent. (3-4 hour shifts available)
- Sunday, September 1, 2019 between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m to run the food ticket tent. (3-4 hour shifts are available)
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Gaelyn Clay-Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. or (716) 852-1305 ext. 3099
We invite you to take part in this family-friendly event!
Participants will enjoy a two-mile scenic walk, bounce houses, children’s activities, raffles, rock wall climbing, food and refreshments.
All proceeds from Walk Off Hunger will benefit FeedMore WNY (formerly Food Bank of WNY & Meals on Wheels for WNY) and the thousands of hungry children, families, seniors and veterans served by our programs.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Island Park in Williamsville
Click here to register!
West Herr Subaru recently “shared the love” with FeedMore WNY. From November 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019, as part of the annual “Share the Love” campaign, local Subaru dealers had the opportunity to add a local charity to the list of organizations to which purchasers could designate a donation. West Herr Subaru once again selected FeedMore WNY’s Meals on Wheels program.
In conjunction with the year-end campaign, Subaru of America on behalf of West Herr Subaru, recently presented FeedMore WNY with a check for $53,600.
“West Herr Subaru is honored to support FeedMore WNY’s Meals on Wheels program through our Share the Love campaign,” West Herr Subaru General Manager Chuck Hardy said. “FeedMore WNY’s Meals on Wheels program not only provides nutritious food, but also friendship, to our homebound community members. We sincerely thank our customers who make it possible for us to support this critical program.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of everyone involved with this event including the West Herr owners, General Manager Chuck Hardy, the West Herr sales team, and our Western New York neighbors who have purchased or leased new cars and selected FeedMore WNY’s Meals on Wheels program as their charity of choice,” Lisa Woodring, FeedMore WNY chief development officer, said. “This incredible community support allows us to continue growing our Meals on Wheels program in order to feed more of our neighbors in need.”
Try culinary creations by some of Buffalo’s best chefs and enjoy an open bar, all while supporting the programs of FeedMore WNY! Join us at this first-ever charity tasting event hosted by Patina 250.
Enjoy unlimited hors d’oeuvres from some of Buffalo’s premiere restaurants, including:
- Patina 250
- Ristorante Lombardo
- The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar
- The Dapper Goose
- Lucky Day
- Rick’s on Main
- Black Iron Bystro
- Delaware North Sportservice at KeyBank Center
Hungry to Help WNY
Date: June 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Patina 250 – 250 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202