CFA is introducing Dinners4Seniors, a new supplemental food package program for qualifying seniors 60+ years of age. To expand how we help our growing senior population, we will be giving four additional meals to qualifying seniors.
The package will include individual servings of salmon, cod, chicken breasts, ground turkey, vegetables, seasonings and more.
“The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 45% since 2001, a lingering effect of the 2008-09 recession. At the current rate, the number of food-insecure seniors may grow to more than 8 million by 2050. And hunger pains can be increasingly painful as we age:
• 63% of senior households served by the Feeding America network are forced to choose between food and medical care.
• Households served by the Feeding America network that includes an adult of the age 50 or older are at an increased risk of having someone with a chronic health condition, including diabetes (41%) and high blood pressure (70%) — conditions that can be mitigated by healthy food options.
• Only 42% of eligible seniors are enrolled and receiving SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) — making assistance programs for SNAP enrollment that much more important for seniors.”