Feeding the DMV’s Seniors

We Are Family, an area senior-citizen outreach network, delivered groceries over the weekend to the region’s seniors, with the help of a $25,000 grant from Exelon and food donated by the Capital Area Food Bank and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

On Saturday, May 20, Mark Andersen, co-director of We Are Family, met with officials from several volunteer organizations on the grounds of Metro Community Church in Northwest to pack food boxes and load SUVs for delivery to the network’s beneficiaries.

Anderson said We Are Family has a heart to take care of the seniors.

“We honor our past by serving the people who lived it,” he said.

We Are Family was created in 2004 with a donation from multi-platinum punk band Good Charlotte and its ally, Positive Force DC. The donation allowed a group of people of all ages, races and faiths to come together to address various gaps in senior care for their community.

Rokie Wilson, a Ward 7 resident and staff member of the D.C. Youth Advisory Council, brought along several youth and young adult participants to Saturday’s event.

“The idea is to help young people give back in the D.C. area,” she said.

Access to affordable healthy food is an ongoing challenge for seniors. Feed America conducted a Spotlight on Senior Hunger in 2011 and found that 4.8 million seniors (6.2 percent in the District of Columbia) were food-insecure.

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