Who are our heroes?
The kupuna who have spent their lives helping us grow, making sacrifices and shaping the world we live in today.
The epidemic of senior hunger is a growing issue we can no longer deny. Below are some compelling facts that give a glimpse of the situation and what we can do to help.
Did you know?
- By the year 2020, one out of every four people in Hawaii will be 60 years and older.
- Only 46% of our frail sick and homebound seniors reported getting out of their home at least once a week.
- Nearly 1 in 3 residents of Hawaii over the age of 60 are trying to make ends meet on an annual income that is below $10,000
- The average Meals on Wheels recipient is female, 85 years of age, of Asian or Pacific Island descent and subsists on an income of less than $1,000 a month.
- Providing meals to seniors, which enables them to stay in their homes and avoid costly institutionalization, can be the difference between $37.50 for a week of home delivered meals vs. $470 for a week of institutionalization.
Unfortunately, the number of seniors requesting services from Lanakila Meals on Wheels exceeds current funding, and we continue to get calls every day from seniors needing assistance.
When seniors contact us for meals, they are often hesitant or refuse to leave their name for the waiting list. However, The City & County of Honolulu’s Elderly Affairs Division 4-year plan (2007-2011) indicates that the unmet need for home delivered meals is 8,587 seniors.
It is a heartbreaking problem, but one that we can solve with your support.
Donations of any amount, large or small, can make a significant difference in a senior’s life. Please click here to donate today.
Mahalo for making a difference!