Of the more than 79,000 food insecure residents served by Food Finders, nearly seven percent are seniors 65 years of age or older. The senior population is one of the hardest hit due to lack of mobility and transportation, coupled with limited funds. Many seniors served reported having to choose between getting food or paying for medicines and medical services. The Food Finders Senior Grocery Program exists to alleviate some of these difficult choices.
Food Finders distributes grocery bags filled with shelf-stable food items once a month in six of the food bank’s 16 counties. More than 550 seniors are pre-registered to participate in this program. Produce, dairy, and frozen meat are also distributed at each location. Value-added items such as health and beauty supplies and personal care items are included whenever possible.
Thank you to the AARP Foundation, Lafayette Life Foundation, and St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation for their support of this program.
For more information about the Senior Grocery Program, please contact our Director of Programs at 765.471.0062 x210.