"For some of our seniors, the home delivered meal is the only nutritious meal they get during the day," said Lyn Moku, the Meals on Wheels Director.
The need is rising. Funding is not.
According to Moku, over the past decade, the budget has remained flat. The amount of kupuna who rely on Meals on Wheels has risen by 20 percent.
Hence, the March for Meals rally at the capitol Friday. The rally was to create and spread awareness of the cause. With the population aging, senior citizens will only need more assistance in the coming years.
"They'll be the single largest segment of our community in the next 20-30 years, and we need to make sure our seniors are healthy," said State Representative Gregg Takayama.
By 2020, one in four residents in Hawaii will be 60 or older.
Lanakila Meals on Wheels is asking for donations – but also volunteerism.
"At this point in time we have a critical shortage of volunteers. We would like to put out a plea for anyone to deliver meals during the week or on Saturdays," said Moku.
For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit: https://www.lanakilapacific.org/programs/lanakila-meals-on-wheels/
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