TV town hall to kick off effort to end senior hungerWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
By Tom Konecny, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
A live town hall program will inaugurate Seeking Solutions to Senior Hunger, a combined effort of the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio (AOoA), WGTE Public Media and its community partners, at 8 p.m. April 24 on WGTE TV.
Seeking Solutions to Senior Hunger is a public information campaign using TV, radio, print and the Web, as well as community events, to help solve the problem of senior citizen hunger.
“We don’t want this to be a one-time deal where we raise awareness and have it drop off the radar,” said Justin Moor, vice president of planning and program development for the AOoA. “We need solutions to solving the problem.”
The live town hall, hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Bill Harris, is the first of three to air over the next 12 months. The other two TV town halls may take place in the fall or early next year, after a review of feedback and what changes should be made.
“What the appropriate spacing is, we haven’t arrived at a perfect answer,” Moor said.
For now, the one-hour TV special will be interactive, involving a panel of experts and use of Twitter. Viewers at home may call or email questions, and a live studio audience may interact, as well. Moor said that seating capacity is limited, but there are still open studio seats.
The Area Office on Aging estimates that over 12,000 older northwest Ohioans struggle to get enough food.
“A lot of times when people in our community think of hunger, they think of children,” Moor said. “It’s important for people to know that there are seniors who are struggling with hunger, and trying to find where their next meal is going to come from. Their faces are largely hidden.”
Partners in this collaborative media effort include ProMedica, Buckeye Community Health Plan, The Andersons Charitable Foundation, Mobile Meals of Greater Toledo and Simply EZ Meals.
For more information, visit seniorhungersolutions.org, call the Area Office on Aging at (419) 725-6969 or visit www.areaofficeonaging.com.