According to The State of Senior Hunger in America 2018, a joint report from Feeding America and National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, Louisiana now has the highest rate of senior food insecurity in the entire country. Seniors living on fixed incomes often have to choose between covering the cost of life-saving medications and buying the food they need to stay healthy. These individuals who do so much and continue to give back by volunteering their time and through other means deserve to age with dignity and wellness.
The Food Bank of NELA’s Senior Program helps low-income senior citizens, aged 60 and older, stretch their food budgets by providing them with supplemental food each month. This program has grown to serve 1,435 seniors throughout Northeast Louisiana. In 2017, 17,220 senior food boxes were distributed to seniors throughout Northeast Louisiana.
The food included in the boxes varies based on what is available in inventory, but includes about 30 pounds of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, cereal, pasta and snacks. Each month, hundreds of volunteers assemble, pack and help distribute the boxes for the Senior program. Generous donors of food and funds ensure that we can continue this program that serves our elderly neighbors.