Men’s group aims to feed seniors monthly at Vision Church
EVERETT - A group of men have one goal in mind: to feed hungry seniors each month.
The Christian men’s group MOVE held its first community meal two weeks ago at the Vision Church.
The meal attracted about 20 people. The group expected 100. It’s a start, meal coordinator Klase Kensinger said earlier this month.
“When you stop and think about it, that’s 20 people we wouldn’t have fed if we didn’t do this program,” Kensinger said.
MOVE, the Men of Vision Evangelism, will host its next meal Saturday, April 28 at the Vision Church, 206 E. Casino Road.
Verne Ruthruff started MOVE two years ago. It’s a group of a dozen active men, mostly seniors, who all have a similar interest in spirituality. The monthly meal called Feed the Seniors is the group’s largest undertaking yet, Kensinger said.
The group eventually hopes to create a public food pantry, Kensinger said.
MOVE is focusing on seniors because “most of us are seniors, and we’re concerned about the number of seniors struggling to get by month after month,” Kensinger said.
Some seniors face some of the toughest burdens to get a good meal because of finances, mobility and the inability to cook.
About 6,000 seniors in Snohomish County are considered “food insecure,” meaning they are not getting good meals regularly, Senior Services of Snohomish County nutrition director Martha Peppones said last week. Food insecurity comes in many levels. Some seniors can’t drive so they can’t get to a grocery store, and some fixed-income seniors skip meals so they don’t run out of money. Others may have food but do not know what to do with it.
“We see that a lot … either they have never cooked a meal for themselves before or they’re taking care of someone else and don’t have time,” Peppones said.
Other seniors cannot stand long enough to cook a meal at a stove, Peppones. If a senior is physically unable to cook a full meal, they qualify for the Meals on Wheels program, which brings food to their house, Peppones said.
“Eggs and toast is great, but where are the vitamins and minerals?” Peppones said.
The community meal on March 31 attracted a wide range of people. All were from the Casino Road area, Kensinger said.
Ruthruff’s daughter is Vision Church pastor Romi Moody. Romi’s husband Don Moody started the church in its nondescript brown building at 206 E. Casino Road after turning his life around.
Kensinger got involved because he’s known Ruthruff for 45 years.
Despite the connections, most of MOVE’s members are not part of Vision Church, Kensinger said.
“It’s a whole mishmash of backgrounds in the group,” Kensinger said.
The group gets the food from Volunteers of America Western Washington, but gladly takes donations. MOVE also is looking for volunteers.
The menu will vary meal to meal, but includes staples such as soup and sandwiches.
“We would love to feed everybody,” Kensinger said. “I guess we all want to do that, but we hope it comes to the point it gets so large we say ‘what in the heck have we started’.”
MOVE meets on the second Saturday of the month at Vision Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group shares coffee together and sometimes has guest speakers.
To get involved, call Verne Ruthruff at 425-645-0201 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up for Meals on Wheels, call 425-347-1229.
By MICHAEL WHITNEY
Published April 18, 2012