20% of seniors in North carolina face the threat of hunger.
Grocery Bags for Seniors supplements the fixed income of our older community members through door-to-door distribution of fresh produce and groceries.
Food Shuttle volunteers pack almost 1800 grocery bags a month with fresh produce and healthy snacks and deliver to numerous senior housing communities. When it comes to getting enough good food to eat, seniors face unique challenges: lack of access to transportation, functional limitations, and health problems.
WHAT’S IN A BAG?
Grocery bags include fresh produce, whole grains, milk, and a protein which can provide up to 8 nutritious meals.
Healthy recipes and produce information cards are packed in the bags as well.
WHAT WE DO:
Food Shuttle volunteers pack grocery bags full of fruits and vegetables, as well as shelf-stable food options, all fit for a senior diet.
The Food Shuttle then delivers more than 1,800 bags a month to almost 30 low-income consolidated living areas and apartment complexes within Wake and Durham Counties.
30% of households with seniors served by Feeding America indicated that they have had to choose between paying for food or paying for medical care.
A 2014 study at UNC reported that over half of patients aged 65+ who are seen at UNC hospitals are found to be malnourished.
Food insecure seniors are twice as likely to report fair or poor health status.
Between 2014 and 2034, North Carolina's 65+ population will almost double from 1.5 to 2.5 million, according to the North Carolina County Aging Profiles. As this number grows, the need only increases.