September 2, 2022

The KentRidge Senior Living Recognizes National Food Bank Day

Category: Senior Living

Author: William J. Verna, Jr., Culinary Director

To recognize National Food Bank Day on September 2nd, The KentRidge Senior Living will be participating in a canned food drive with a goal of bringing awareness to those that go hungry. As the Culinary Director, I am honored to be a part of this important day, held annually on the first Friday in September.

John van Hengel is credited with starting the first food bank in 1967 to redistribute food and prevent the wastage of groceries by handing it out to the poor and hungry. National Food Bank Day is not only a reminder that no one should go to bed hungry, but also a day to honor those workers, volunteers, and food bank charities who work to distribute food year-around.

We are donating to Copley Outreach Center. The main reason I chose this food bank is because it’s part of the community where I live. We will be donating canned marinara sauce and corn.

It is important to donate to your local food bank to help end hunger. We take such a small thing as eating for granted every day, when there are people who sometimes go days without having had a decent meal, and that’s unacceptable in 2022. We carry around $1400.00 cell phones and most of us drive $20,000 plus motor vehicles that cost an astronomical number to fill with gasoline these days. I’m sure most of us can spare the extra few dollars or a few canned items to help assist someone who cannot provide for themselves.

Good nutrition is important because our bodies are finely tuned machines that require vast amounts of nutrients and water to survive. If you are only feeding yourself processed items that have little to no value nutritionally, it is being converted to either stored fat or waste. Also, if you do not eat with nutrition at the forefront, you run the risk of health-related issues including high cholesterol levels, heart disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and so on. So, do yourself and body a favor. Eat your vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, drink that extra glass of water, and ditch the soda!

In the US alone, about 42 million people struggle with food insecurity. Our team is hopeful we can make a positive impact on those numbers by supporting for our local food banks in honor of 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.

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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