We all want to eat healthier, but for a lot of us our schedules are so busy that we don’t have to time to plan—or shop—to make healthy meals. For others in our communities, making healthy meals is impossible. There are over 6 million people in America who don’t have access to any food at all, and most of them are seniors.
In Good Food, Good Deeds we bring in celebrity volunteers to experience a day in the life of a Meals On Wheels volunteer. This week it was my turn to roll up my sleeves and pitch in, so I reported for duty promptly at 6 a.m. at the St. Vincent’s Meals On Wheels kitchens in LA. When I asked why we had to start so early I was told that we had 4700 meals to get out! I had no idea what I was in for. And they do this every single day.
I never really watched the television series Dallas when it was on many years ago. I’m a New Yorker! But you can bet that I’ll be watching the new Dallas series when it comes on next year. And that’s because during the filming of an episode of Good Food, Good Deeds I had the special privilege of meeting and preparing meals with actor Linda Gray.
In a large bowl, combine a cutting-edge cable network that is Redefining Life after 50 with a determined vision to end senior hunger by 2020. Now add two heaping tablespoons of support from a corporate foundation committed to enhancing the health and well-being of people around the world.
“There just aren’t enough hours in the day.”? “After a busy day, I don’t have the energy to put a meal together—I just want to put my feet up.”? “I don’t have time to sit down for meals, I just grab whatever’s easy.” I hear this sort of thing everyday. And I totally get it—we’re— all busy people. But you really don’t have to sacrifice healthy cooking. In fact, with a little strategizing and planning, you can put together a quick, nutritious homemade meal on even your most time-strapped, exhausting days. And the preparation actually starts right in your grocery cart—shopping right is the key to eating right.
Hosting the new program, Good Food, Good Deeds, on RLTV I was shocked to find out that over 6 million seniors in this country face hunger and malnutrition every day. That couldn’t be right, I thought. How can people go hungry right in our own communities? That’s what you see in other places—not here, not so close to home. But it does happen.