Meals On Wheels Association of America: Ending Senior Hunger by John R. Barlow

One of the most unaddressed problems in the United States, hunger affects more than 8 million senior citizens around the country. Populations most at risk include women and individuals between the ages of 60 and 69. Also, Hispanic and African Americans face extremely high rates of hunger, as do individuals living in rural areas. Meals On Wheels Association of America works to end the problem of senior hunger by delivering nutritious meals directly to the doors of senior citizens. A recently conducted survey found that the program helps many seniors not just ensure they have food, but also pushes them to eat healthier, feel more secure, and improve their basic quality of life. Many individuals who benefit from the program would otherwise need to vacate their homes for assisted living facilities. Interested individuals can learn more about the program and how to get involved online at MOWAA.org.

About the Author: An experienced executive in the entertainment industry, John R. Barlow operates a number of nightclubs throughout Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Devoted to the community, John R. Barlow supports several philanthropic initiatives, including Meals On Wheels Association of America.

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Meals on Wheels, By John R. Barlow

Since 1947, Meals on Wheels has been serving warm food to seniors and the underprivileged right at their doorsteps. The U.S. program, which follows similar ones in Great Britain and Australia, now counts up to 1.7 million volunteers among its ranks, and it provides more than 1 million meals to seniors every day. The Board of Directors of the Meals on Wheels Association of America has set a goal to end senior hunger by 2020 by recruiting 6 million people to volunteer their energy to the cause.

The organization plans on accomplishing this lofty goal by relying on its Four Pillars:

1. The National Response to Senior Hunger involves research efforts into senior hunger and efforts to raise awareness in Washington, D.C.

2. The Meals on Wheels Leadership Academy facilitates training for volunteers and scholarships for staff.

3. The National Campaign for Community Impact uses available resources to serve meals and maintain service infrastructure.

4. Capacity Building efficiently dedicates system infrastructure to support member programs around the country.

John R. Barlow is the owner of Blueprint Builders LLC, a residential and commercial contracting firm in Minneapolis. Barlow counts the Meals on Wheels Association of America as among his favorite charitable organizations.

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Celebrates 50 years, By John R. Barlow, Minneapolis

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, possibly one of the most renowned medical centers in the world, is celebrating 50 years of service this year. Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas for the purpose of preventing fatal childhood diseases through research and specialized medical care, the hospital has grown exponentially over the years and has made significant contributions to pediatric research. In 1999 St. Jude expanded its facilities, a $1 billion building project that resulted in doubling the size and scope of its resources, adding an onsite pediatric research center, and a new Department of Immunology. Since that time St. Jude’s has continued its focus on treating pediatric cancer and its related complications, and researching gene therapy. In the future hospital leaders hope to include more research on infectious diseases and genetic disorders.

A former private investigator, John R. Barlow currently owns the Minneapolis based construction company Blueprint Builders, LLC. John R. Mr. Barlow supports several non-profit organizations in his community of Minneapolis, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital.