San Diego – Oct. 29, 2014 – Serving Seniors announces “Sips for Seniors” fundraising event on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jake’s on 6th. Ten percent of sales and all silent auction proceeds will go to Serving Seniors, a local nonprofit that helps seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Admission is free. Jake’s on 6th is located at 3755 6th Avenue, in Hillcrest. Public parking is available at Rite Aid (on Robinson between 5th and 6th Avenues).
The Nov. 6 “Sips for Seniors” event is one way the public can help the nonprofit during their annual “Fill A Plate” campaign, which aims to reduce food insecurity among San Diego seniors who live at or below the federal poverty level. The campaign goal is to fill 100,000 plates this holiday season and over the next year. For less than a cup of coffee, donors can “Fill A Plate” for a senior for $2.50. For as little as $35, donors can “Fill A Plate” for a senior for a whole week.
Serving Seniors serves 2,100 meals a day at 10 dining sites and to home bound clients in neighborhoods across the city. With the average income of the seniors the organization serves being $850 per month, seniors need to often choose between medication and their next meal. In fact, 85 percent of Serving Seniors’ clients live in poverty. The organization’s Nutrition Program addresses hunger and food insecurity and is one of the agency’s core programs that meet the highly specialized needs of thousands of low-income seniors in San Diego County.
To learn more about the “Sips for Seniors” event and the “Fill A Plate” campaign, visit the Serving Seniors website at www.servingseniors.org or call Sheona Richardson Som at (619) 487-0605.
About Serving Seniors
Serving Seniors is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1970, the organization creates collaborative partnerships to support their “wellness model,” which provides nutrition, health, mental health, advocacy, transitional housing for homeless seniors and permanent supportive housing. This safety net of services keeps seniors out of emergency rooms, reduces hospital days and delays and/or eliminates the need for long-term care. The agency has been skillfully led for 19 years by Chief Executive Officer and President Paul Downey. Downey is also the immediate past president of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) and is a commissioner for the California Commission on Aging. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities or more information, please visit http://www.servingseniors.org, Facebook or Twitter, or call (619) 235-6572.