May is Older Americans Month, a celebration of the elders that impact our community and continue to make a difference in the lives of the people around them. The Hays County Food Bank thinks it is important to have a designated month honoring those who give back, especially our retired or senior volunteers. These individuals set great examples for younger generations and are passionate about changing lives for the better. We have volunteers who find us through the RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) and some who have been here almost 28 years.
We would also like to honor not only those who assist in feeding the food insecure, but the clients who need their help too. According to the AARP Foundation, Texas ranks #4 in the nation for food insecurity in adults over the age of 50. In 2012, 282 of our clients were over the age of 60. Many of our older clients at the weekly distributions volunteer to give out food in return for the food provided; it is this circle that brings us all together and pushes aside differences. We appreciate the people who help develop this relationship and encourage others to give back when they are in a time of need.
“I am disabled with heart problems. My husband was laid off in 2008. In between, he has gotten sporadic jobs, but we lost our 401(k), house, and car. Since we are both 61 years old, we have been afraid of having to live on the street. But the [food bank] staff has been wonderful.”
– Wendy, San Marcos
So, in honor of Older Americans Month, say thank you to a senior who gives back in the community today. If you are that person, give yourself a pat on the back and know the Hays County Food Bank team appreciates everything you do to make the world a better place.