Nutrition Education to Seniors
We know that hunger hurts everyone it touches, but the lack of adequate food and nutrition can be especially harmful to seniors.
Among all of the individuals served by Second Harvest Heartland, 10 percent are seniors over the age of 60. Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the population we serve and they often face barriers to accessing nutritious food, critical to their well-being.
To help address this issue, last year, we piloted a Nutrition Education Program for low-income seniors enrolled in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Through CSFP, eligible seniors receive a free monthly box of nutritious food. At a few select CSFP pick-up sites, volunteers provided on-site nutrition education presentations and food samples using simple recipes and items found in their boxes.
For the volunteers that made this program possible, the experience was eye-opening.
“I often think of hunger as an issue that children and families face and while this is true, I think seniors that face food insecurity can be a section of society that people forget about,” said Sara O’Neil, Nutrition Education Pilot Volunteer. “I think that the Nutrition Education Pilot Program gave seniors some great tools to help make more nutritious meals”
You can help Second Harvest Heartland continue to provide valuable education and nutritious meals by making a gift today at 2harvest.org/donate. Just $15 helps provide 30 meals.
If you think you may be eligible for food help or know someone who may require assistance, please call 651.484.8241 or visit 2harvest.org/gethelp.