RSVP will provide Harvest for Seniors

Star Staff

Each year the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is asked by the Corporation for National and Community Service to observe Sept. 9 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In observance, the RSVP collects excess produce from local farmers and provides it to local senior citizens. This year is the  fourth year RSVP has provided this service, according to a news release from RSVP. 

For anyone who has extra produce and would like to donate it to Harvest for Seniors, a RSVP volunteer will be collecting items at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Or items may be taken to the RSVP office at    from now until Friday between 9 a.m. and noon. Cash donations also are welcome.

Only 30 percent of people 65 year os age and older eat five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables — the minimum amount recommended for good nutrition. While more seniors than younger people meet this suggested allotment, the numbers still fall short. But eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is especially important in older people, because the nutrients and fiber in these foods can help reduce high blood pressure; lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers; stave off eye and digestive problems — and simply satisfy hunger.