Letters to the editor (07/14/12)

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Senior hunger campaign was a great success
Editor:
We at Comfort Keepers wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation for the generous contribution of food and time in support of our Comfort Keepers STOP Senior Hunger campaign.
In partnership with Jose Campos, director of the Valencia County Older Americans Program, and many other county and private business volunteers we were able to make a positive impact in the lives of our valued home-bound senior citizens.
Stop Senior Hunger is annual campaign intended to educate the community about senior malnutrition issues combined with a food drive for senior friendly food items.
Although we have previously conducted this campaign in Albuquerque and the East Mountain communities, this was our first effort in Valencia County.
We are so pleased to report that we collected more than 1,300 pounds of food through the generous support of our community.
Combined with the food drives in Bernalillo and Torrance counties we almost doubled last year’s food collection with more than 4,700 pounds (2.4 tons) of food!
We are feeding 278 home-bound seniors in Bernalillo County and at least 150 home-bound seniors between Valencia and Torrance counties!
Seniors deserve great nutrition to help preserve their independence longer and manage the issues associated with aging. Relatives and friends of seniors need to be aware of malnutrition risk and need tools and understanding to better support their loved ones.
We are pleased to be able to bring attention to this issue and thank you for helping Comfort Keepers make a difference in the lives of seniors in Valencia County.
We look forward to continued success in nourishing our seniors for many years to come.

Linda Schaffer
Owner and certified senior advisor
Comfort Keepers