Food Finders Food Bank received a $60,000 grant from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation through Feeding America that will allow the food bank to reinstate and expand its Senior Grocery Program.

There is a critical need for senior hunger initiatives across Food Finders Food Bank’s 16 county service area. Overall, Indiana has a 7.9% senior food insecurity rate according to Feeding America’s State of Senior Hunger in America study. Additionally, this report found Indiana seniors ranked eleventh in the nation for hunger.

Food Finders Food Bank will take a five-pronged approach to addressing senior hunger though: homebound delivery for qualifying seniors in Tippecanoe County who cannot leave their home, targeted food distributions at five local, low-income senior housing facilities, seniors only shopping hours at the Fresh Market, senior specialized resource coordination, and satellite senior-only pantry options throughout the 16-county service area.

Food Finders is now accepting applications for the homebound grocery delivery program. This program will provide 25 pounds of groceries; including protein, dairy and fresh produce, to a homebound senior, twice a month. To qualify, applicants should live in Tippecanoe County, be at least 60 years of age or older, unable to leave their homes due to medical, mobility or transportation issues and meet the income guidelines. Those interested should contact a resource coordinator at info@food-finders.org or call 765-471-0062.

Additionally, Food Finders is seeking volunteer groups to adopt a senior housing facility site in Tippecanoe County through 2021. Each group will need a minimum of 3-4 volunteers who will work alongside Food Finders staff to make bi-monthly, contactless grocery deliveries. Anyone interested in this opportunity should contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@food-finders.org or call 765-471-0062.

The Fresh Market has been hosting senior-only shopping hours twice a month on the first and third Wednesday from 11 am to 12 pm since December of 2020. This event will continue throughout 2021. Senior-only shopping hours provide people age 60 and older with the opportunity to access the pantry when there are no other visitors. During this time, there is an increased volunteer presence to increase accessibility of the pantry for seniors who need assistance lifting and carrying their grocery items.

During the senior shopping hours at the Fresh Market, Food Finders’ resource coordination staff are available in order to connect seniors with local resources that are specific to their needs.

Food Finders will partner with new and existing food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs to provide or increase senior-only distributions at their locations across its service area through the fifth prong of the grant.

This grant aims to meet the critical nutritional needs of people age 60 and over in our service area.

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