The Nutrition Education team collaborates with the Homebound Nutritional Outreach Department to ensure that seniors (60 and older) who are homebound can receive home-delivered food that meets their individual health needs. Dietary information is available for specific chronic health needs, including Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Chronic Kidney and GI diseases. Medically tailored boxes are available monthly and delivered by a dedicated team of volunteers right to the doors of the clients. Senior residents have expressed their appreciation of the added fresh produce that accompanies the box of non-perishable food items, along with the nutrition education literature.
With grant funding from Feeding America’s Multi-Donor Senior Hunger Grant to address senior hunger in our community we put together medically appropriate foods to address nutritional and health needs of seniors, increase fresh produce to our homebound seniors, and provide nutrition education. This can look a variety of ways from handouts, to recipes, cooking instruction, cooking demonstrations, and other things. We have also expanded our healthy pantry partnerships to address the needs of seniors going to food pantries in our county.
Through this project we have also been able to contribute to surveys so Feeding America can learn more about senior food insecurity.
Some of our goals include:
- Establishing 5 healthy pantry partners
- Greatly expanding the number of seniors served
- Assisting three new agencies to better serve seniors
- Implementing nutrition education in all senior food distributions
Interested in volunteering? To see how you can help out with this project, contact amera@