The purpose of this paper is to examine the value that the Convenience Meal (CM) program has to Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger (REACH). The CM program sells frozen meals primarily to senior citizens in Regina. It is a unique program which serves an undeserved demographic. This paper will seek to first better understand the environment in which the CM program operates, before examining its importance to REACH as an organization. In doing so it will become clear if and how the program should be expanded.
There can be no doubt that the population and proportion of senior citizens is growing. Between 1981 and 2005 the number of senior citizens in Canada increased from 2.4 million to 4.2 million while their share of the Canadian population increased from 9.6% to 13.1% in that same time. This trend is expected to continue with their numbers rising to 9.8 million in 2036, and their share of the total population reaching 24.5%. (Government of Canada 2006) At the time of the 2005 census Saskatchewan had the highest proportion of seniors (14.8%). The government of Saskatchewan predicts that by 2020 one in six people in Saskatchewan will be over the age of 65 years. (Government of Saskatchewan 2011)
Seniors and Nutrition
There is a clear link between poor nutrition in senior citizens and illness and mortality. (Birchard 2000; Anyanwu et al. 2011; Locher et al. 2008; Sharkey et al. 2002; Sharpe et al. 2003; Quandt 1999) Under-nutrition in this group often leads to illness and a loss of independence. (Sharpe et al. 2003) One study that focused on the contents of the fridges of seniors who wer...
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