Comments on: Garden with your Elders! http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/10/garden-with-your-elders/ The EPA Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:58:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: efefef123@yahoo.com http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/10/garden-with-your-elders/#comment-22278 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:56:39 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=9980#comment-22278 Ten men banded together in love can do what ten thousand separately would fail in.

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By: Mark Noonan http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/10/garden-with-your-elders/#comment-22277 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:04:44 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=9980#comment-22277 In the summer of 2011, Elders in Action, a non-profit in Portland, Oregon serving older adults, kicked off a series of service-learning projects to address the growing problem of poverty and food insecurity among elders in Multnomah County. Volunteers from Elders in Action partnered with a local senior center and county agencies and planted a garden to grow fresh organic produce to be used in meals and food boxes at local senior centers.

The site of the community garden is the front yard of “Bob”, an elder who loves to garden but is no longer physically able to do the intense work of urban farming. Bob is happy to provide local gardeners a place to utilize their skills while providing nutritious food alternatives to the elder population in Multnomah County. An important goal of Bob’s Garden is to promote intergenerational communities and to improve neighborhood socialization for older adults like Bob who want to live independently in their homes.

Today, over six million seniors nationwide face the threat of hunger; they are starving. The number is quickly growing. In Oregon, recent studies regarding our older adult population have found that we are 29th in the nation with over 5% of our seniors experiencing hunger. Helping to end hunger among older adults is the first priority of Elders in Action. Elders in Action and community partners will continue tackle the issues surrounding food insecurity for older adults in the Portland metro area with several other future projects.

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