ACG Medical’s Contribution to North Texas Food Bank to Fight Hunger in the Community
Our world is full of abundant resources and wealth, and with food being the basic necessity, it becomes completely unacceptable that millions of people suffer from hunger. Hunger is a major issue. People worldwide face it daily, but is it the same for everyone?
Did you know, food security is a big issue, with about 1 in 6 people in North Texas is food insecure? With no full-time and regular food access, they aren’t even aware of where their next meal is coming from. Much worse than this is pondering over will they get a meal or sleep empty stomach.
Let’s know more about this complex issue and how one tackle can it.
What You Can Do to Help Fight Hunger?
- First and foremost, always stay informed. A meaningful action always involves an informed public. For this, know more about Sustainable Development Goals.
- Secondly, always indulge in donating. UN agencies and other humanitarian partners help combat hunger issues worldwide.
- Third, always use your voice and spread awareness. Let everyone around you, including your leaders, friends, families, and social networks know that you care about ending hunger, you support the UN’s work, and you believe we need to provide funding and other resources to the UN and partners working to reach the goal of zero hunger.
How Can You Help?
If you too are concerned with the complex issue of food insecurity, where people’s basic necessities aren’t met, then join hands together to do a bit and help overcome this serious issue right now. Your little contribution can help save lives and get you countless blessings. Every $1 will help provide access to three nutritious meals for children, seniors, and families in our community. Support generously!
After understanding what food insecurity is, how and whom it affects, and how one can help in improving the situation, we decided to make some contributions to help people and communities living in hunger.
Donation Made to North Texas Food Bank
Many non-profit organizations work to aid in food security through food banks, pantries, and shelters.
Believing that every donation counts and can make a difference in eliminating hunger, we at ACG Medical donated $100.0 to North Texas Food Bank.
North Texas Food Bank aims to fight food hunger in Texas and remains committed to the mission to close the hunger gap in our community by providing access to nutritious food. During all the challenging times including Covid-19, they ensure to work hard to be there for the children, seniors, and families facing hunger.
It’s high time now to understand that your support is critical. Let’s join hands together so that we all can make a difference.
If you find yourself in need of food assistance help is available here: https://ntfb.org/our-programs/get-food-assistance/
ACG Medical’s Contribution towards Fighting Hunger Together – Food Security
We all are aware of how it feels to be hungry if away from home or at someplace where food is inaccessible. Sadly, for many people access to full-time and regular food is not any guarantee. This is where the importance of food security comes in.
Understanding Food Insecurity
As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food insecurity is a lack of consistent access to enough food that can help lead an active, healthy, and a happy life.
Food insecurity is a complex problem as the basic needs of many people aren't met. Usually, food insecurity is closely related to poverty.
Hunger + Health explores the impact of food insecurity as a social determinant of health and its effect on the individual and population health outcomes. Food insecurity also causes a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, and chronic illness.
In the US, the prevalence of food insecurity varies considerably among household types. Rates of food insecurity were higher than the national average (10.5 percent) while very low food security was more prevalent than the national average (4.1 percent).
Who all are affected?
- Rural Communities
- African Americans
Food-insecure households include those with low food security and very low food security.
5 Food Security Principles
We tried to understand the Five A’s Principles of the food security concept.
- Availability: Ensuring that sufficient food is made available for all people at all times.
- Accessibility: It means physical and economic access to food for all at all times.
- Adequacy: This caters to access to food that is nutritious and safe, and produced in environmentally sustainable ways.
- Acceptability: Access to culturally acceptable food, which is produced and obtained in ways that do not compromise people’s dignity, self-respect, or human rights.
- Agency: The policies and processes with the assistance of others enable the achievement of food security.
In situations when one or more of these Five A’s are not met, then a person can fall into food insecurity.
Understanding this concept of food security and food insecurity, we decided to make some contributions to help people and communities living in hunger.
Donation to Amazing Grace Food Pantry
Day in and day out, organizations work to aid in food security through food banks, pantries, and shelters.
Believing that every donation counts and can make a difference in eliminating hunger, we, ACG Medicals donated $100.0 to Amazing Grace Food Pantry. This Pantry aims to fight food hunger in Texas with the generous and lovable contribution of the community.
ACG Medical Supply Supports Fallen Officers at the Run for the Blue Dallas 15K/5K
Our local community was rocked when twelve police officers were shot and five were killed at a local protest on July 16, 2016. The Blue Guardian Foundation is a wonderful organization that provides financial support for the families of police officers that have been injured or killed in the line of duty. Our hearts went out to those officers and their family and friends. We wanted to do something to help.
On the one year anniversary of the shooting, the Blue Guardian Foundation started up a Run for The Blue Dallas 15K/5K to raise funds for these officers and their families.
Here at ACG Medical Supply, we knew this was our chance to help out, not only these officers' families, but all of those that could benefit from this foundation.
We wanted to give the opportunity to all of our patients to help us to benefit the cause. On July 2, 2018 we gathered up 10% of the sales from both of our stores and our website sales to be donated to the Blue Guardian Foundation. On July 7, 2018 before the Run for the Blue Dallas 5K, Stephanie was able to donate a check for $520.00 on behalf of ACG Medical Supply!
Fall Prevention Awareness Fair at the Hurst Senior Activities Center
On September 11, 2018 ACG Medical Supply participated in the Fall Prevention Awareness Fair at the Hurst Senior Activities Center. Stephanie brought out several items that help prevent falls in and around the house, as well as at the car.
Over one third of all seniors will fall each year. Of those falls, 80% of them occur in the bathroom. ACG Medical Supply carries items such as slip resistant mats, grab bars, shower stools, bath benches, and hand held shower nozzles to help prevent falls in the bathroom.
For other areas, such as getting in and out of the car, off the couch, or off the floor if you have fallen, there are different kinds of gait belts, handy handles and grab bars.
All of the staff members are trained on how to use each of the products and are helpful in product demonstration and education.
Senior Synergy Expo at Will Rogers Complex 2018
On May 4th, ACG Medical Supply participated at the Senior Synergy Expo at the Will Rogers Complex.
Stephanie and Kristin brought out the scooters and a lift chair for all of the participants to try out! Just like always, we handed out some awesome freebies for everyone that visited our table. We also did free blood pressure readings and donated some nice door prizes to the event. Seniors were also given literature on some helpful household items for a safer, more active senior lifestyle.
Carnival Health Fair at Liberty Heights 2018
On September 6th, ACG Medical Supply participated at the Carnival Health Fair at Liberty Heights in Rockwall. This fair was designed to help seniors have a proactive and healthy lifestyle for a long and healthy life!
Stephanie and Felipe had a blast playing the ping pong toss game with all of the residents and visitors. Everyone that played received a prize! We brought along our monitor for free blood pressure readings.
Another thing we did at this event was tighten and adjust the breaks on walkers to ensure they were as safe as can be.
Garland Senior Activity Center Health Fair 2017
On July 26th, ACG Medical Supply participated in the Garland Senior Health Fair at the Garland Senior Health Center.
Stephanie stopped in with products that are helpful in getting up and about in the community. She also brought items for therapy and home helpers. As always, we handed out some fabulous freebies for everyone that visited our table. We also did free blood pressure readings and donated a few door prizes to the event. Seniors were also given literature on some helpful household items for an active senior lifestyle.
Rowlett Senior Health Fair 2018
On April 10th, ACG Medical Supply participated at the Rowlett Senior Health Fair at the Rowlett Community Centre.
Stephanie displayed and educated seniors on safer lifestyle products. As always, we demonstrated several items to make senior life easier. Participants were able to try out our rollator and Kabooti cushion. We also did free blood pressure readings. Of course, we had some free goodies and gave away a a few door prizes.