October 3, 2022 | Monthly News & Updates
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Our donation page also allows you to submit to a donation to a program of your choosing.
We wouldn't be here today without all of our donors so we thank you for your continued support and generosity!
50th Anniversary Gala (POSTPONED)
Due to the unfortunate timing of Hurricane Ian, our 50th Anniversary Gala has been postponed until early 2023.

During this storm, we activated our facility as an emergency special needs shelter to uphold our mission of serving our community.
As we work to reschedule this event, be sure to look out for any future announcements, as we will continue to share updates on the situation. All ticket and table purchases will be valid for the rescheduled date.

We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you at the rescheduled event!
OCOA Ford F-150 Car Raffle
You don't want to miss out on this year's Car Raffle event, get your tickets now for your chance to win a brand new 2022 Ford F-150 XLT!

All proceeds will go directly towards funding OCOA programs to enable independence and self-sufficiency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty in Osceola County.

CLICK HERE for tickets & more info
Town Hall Meeting (9/21/22)
We're honored to have hosted Michelle Branham, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, at the Town Hall Meeting.

To kick off their 30th Anniversary, Michelle and her team thanked all of the hardworking volunteers of our community and awarded honors to those that have gone above and beyond in their volunteering efforts.
Council's Corner: Free Mammogram Event October 6th

Through an arrangement with the Osceola County Health Department, the Council will host an event on Thursday, Oct. 6, for women who are uninsured and/or have no access to mammograms, an opportunity for free-of-charge testing.

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ALZ STARS - Dementia Awareness

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to create the ALZ STARS program, a joint initiative to bring increased awareness of dementia and the resources available to Floridians.

CLICK HERE to register for this free program today!
Senior Life Publications - Central Florida's Fall 2022 Senior Wellness Expo
Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 10am-1pm
Osceola Council on Aging
700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Join us at the Senior Wellness Expo this Fall. This event will include entertainment, refreshments and door prizes, so be sure to RSVP today for free!
Food Pantry Services Available in Kissimmee and St. Cloud
The Osceola Council on Aging's Food Pantry program provides food bags to seniors, disabled adults, and disadvantaged families. We began providing food assistance programs to the Osceola County community more than 50 years ago and has evolved to provide nutrition assistance to more than 20,000 households every year.

The Council utilizes locally donated foods and funded social service programs to provide more comprehensive food packages and services to meet increasing demands in the number of low-income households served in our community.
Food Pantry Hours: Thursday from 9:30am - 11:30am

Open for Donations: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all program.) to file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Beverage choices are just as important as food choices. Drinking sugary beverages can contribute unnecessary calories. Instead, reach for water first.

Here are four tips for quenching your thirst healthfully.
Drink Plenty of Refreshing Water
Water does the body good. It helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for optimal physical and mental performance. How much water you need depends on your size and activity level; larger, more active people need more fluids. Drink enough for your urine to be mostly colorless and odor-free.

Drink Nutrient-Rich Dairy and Fortified Beverages
The calcium in dairy foods help build and maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscle mass. They also may help lower the risk of high blood pressure. For the most nutrients with the least fat and calories, look for fat-free or low-fat options. Plant-based beverages fortified with calcium also are a good option — opt for unsweetened varieties.

Drink a Maximum of 4 to 6 ounces of Juice a Day
While 100% juice can be a great source of several nutrients, it's possible to get too much of a good thing. Whole fruits and vegetables are much better ways to get vitamins, minerals and fluids. Actual food tends to be more satisfying, plus you get the added value of fiber and phytonutrients from the skin and pulp.

Drink Other Beverages with Care
Soft drinks, sweetened teas, fruit drinks and many sports and "energy" drinks can be high in sugar, calories and sometimes caffeine. Coffee drinks often are surprisingly high in calories, fat and sugar. Alcoholic drinks are packed with empty calories and are not nutrient dense. Here are some ways to manage drinks that add extra calories:
  • Be a label reader. Check caffeine, sugar and saturated fat before you drink. If the numbers aren't on the label, check the company's website.
  • Steer clear of super-charged "energy" drinks. Do not consume highly caffeinated beverages with alcohol.
  • Start with a smaller portion. Moderation is always a smart way to treat your body well.
October Holidays:

  • October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October 10th - Columbus Day
  • October 10th - Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • October 31st - Halloween

*Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at

Wednesday, October 26th:
Finance Committee - 3:00 pm
Executive Committee - 3:30 pm
Board of Directors - 4:00 pm
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor, but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need. Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

Thank You!