September 2, 2022

Arrow Senior Living Recognizes National Food Bank Day

Category: Senior Living

Author: Josh Beauchamp, Regional Director of Culinary Programming

To recognize National Food Bank Day on September 2nd, Arrow Senior Living communities will be participating in a canned food drive to bring awareness to those that go hungry. This day falls annually on the first Friday in September, and we are honored to play even a small role in it.

In the US alone, about 42 million people struggle with food insecurity, with women making up

60% of that number. Around the world, close to five million children die each year due to

malnourishment. With food assistance programs such as food banks, there is hope that we can reduce these staggering numbers and help feed those in need.

John van Hengel is credited with starting the first food bank in 1967 to redistribute food and

prevent the wastage of groceries by handing excess out to the poor and hungry. National Food Bank Day was subsequently created not only as a reminder that no one should go to bed hungry, but also as a day to honor those workers, volunteers, and food bank charities who work to distribute the food.

There are many benefits of a healthy, nutritious diet, including reducing the risk of disease,

reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and increasing energy levels. By not having access to healthy items, many people wind up eating items high in saturated fats and sodium, items that are linked to increased risk of disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreased energy levels. Food banks combat malnutrition by not only providing non-perishable items but also fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy for families that otherwise wouldn’t be able to have a nutritious meal.

Our culinary teams are hopeful we can make a positive impact on our local food banks to

support National Food Bank Day. We will be delivering our non-perishable items on September 2nd and look forward to sharing with you all what a difference we all can make when we give a little.

Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a collection of communities that offer varying levels of care including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.

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