Preventing Senior Hunger

Mary Schaefer from the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging talks about how they help seniors through the journey of aging and about the real issue of senior hunger.

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Mary Schaefer has been the Executive Director of Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) since July 2002.  MEAAA provides services and programs for older adults age 60+  in the four Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin.  These four counties have a population of over 300,000 older adults.  MEAAA services as an advocate for senior issues as well as providing services.

She has a BS degree in Social Work from the University of South Dakota and has been with MEAAA for twenty-nine years.  Mary is part of the speaker’s bureau for MEAAA and provides information, advocacy and support for programs on aging services in the community.  Mary has supervised the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP), the disease prevention/health promotion program including the Senior Services Station mobile health unit , the annual MEAAA Senior Fair, and the MEAAA Silver Haired Legislature program as well as other programs.  She is past-chairman for the Breakthrough Coalition, current member of the steering committee of Breakthrough Coalition, serves on the advisory board for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Office of Research and Aging, board of the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Commission, St. Louis County board member of the St. Louis Workforce Investment Board, and board of St. Louis Chinese Christian Community Service Center.

Contact info:

MEAAA, 14535 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO 63011 636-207-0847, email

Websites to Note:

Missouri Dept. Of Health and Senior Services
Mid-East Area Agency on Aging

Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger



Missouri’s Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-392-0210

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging 636-207-0847

Elder Care Locator:  1-800-677-1116

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