September 22, 2017
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Senior Beat: Feinstein Challenge dollars will beef up food programs at EAAA

Senior Beat
by Carol Higgins Taylor
Special to The Weekly

Getting more than you pay for has never been easier. Alan Shawn Feinstein, a multimillionaire from Cranston, Rhode Island, has a plan which will make donations Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s nutrition program go even further to help seniors.

Feinstein has a goal of ending hunger in the United States, so for more than a decade he has donated one million dollars annually to organizations across the country that provide food to people in need. His funds are used as a match for monies raised by the food programs between March 1 and April 30. He calls this philanthropic event the Feinstein Challenge.

EAAA hopes you will take the challenge with them. All donations received during March and April will be eligible for a percentage of Feinstein’s one million dollars. The percentage of the amount matched depends on the amount raised.

“This is a really wonderful thing that he does every year,” said Rob Crone, director of nutrition and auxiliary services at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. “As government funding shrinks and demand for services increases, it’s more important than ever before to grasp every fundraising opportunity we can. The number of seniors who want or need meals increases every year.”

All the meals are nutritionally balanced to meet one-third of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients so seniors can be sure that they are getting at least one well-balanced meal a day.

Times are hard and with food costs soaring seniors are apt to eat the cheapest fare possible, often sweets and junk food which is typically all they can afford, instead of the pricier but more nutritious foods. EAAA’s nutrition program fills in the gap with highly nutritious meals that taste great and are easy to prepare. Just heat and eat.

The Community Cafes give seniors a special place to go where they can talk with friends their own ages, catch up on town gossip and solve the world’s problems. Birthdays are celebrated and bonds are formed.

“Whether the patrons are receiving home delivered meals or is visiting one of our many cafes, we want their lunch to be special,” he said. “And if there was not a Community Cafe for the seniors to come to come, a great many of them would be eating lunch alone in front of the TV. The cafes provide companionship for these people that they might not otherwise have.”

Feinstein believes that we are each put on this earth to help those in need, and his one million dollars will go a long way toward that end. His million is divided proportionately among all of the agencies that take the challenge nationwide. The amount raised by each agency, nutrition program or food bank, dictates the amount of the match.

It’s not a 100 percent match but it helps bring people together and make their dollars

stretch.

If you’d like to take the Feinstein Challenge, send a check to: Feinstein Challenge, EAAA, 450 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401, or you can deliver your donation to EAAA or your local Community Cafe. You may also donate online at eaaa.org.

On another note: Remember, EAAA is holding a presentation, Hawaii by Land and Sea, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. Come see beautiful photos of an extraordinary tour of Hawaii that includes Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, a Honolulu City Tour, Maui, Hilo, Kona, Kauai, North Shore of Oahu and a seven-night cruise aboard the ship Pride of America. This trip is from Nov. 13-23, 2015. Can’t you almost smell the flower leis? Whether you are interested in the trip or not, attend the presentation. There will be refreshments and it is a great jump-off into spring.

Carol Higgins Taylor is an advocate for seniors and owns Bryant Street Public Relations in Bangor. Email her at seniorbeat@gmail.com.


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