Local Programs Help Boise Seniors with Food-Insecurites
Estimates are that 52% of more than 110,000 Boise seniors rely on Social Security for half of their income. These seniors are at risk of food insecurity.
According to the Idaho Food Bank, “Almost one in four Idaho seniors depends on Social Security for 90% or more of their family income. It’s not surprising then that when you factor in out-of-pocket medical expenses, 15% of our older residents are living in poverty. With America getting older–by 2030 nearly one in five U.S residents will be 65 or older–we know the percentage of seniors in poverty will increase, especially in rural communities. In response to this demographic shift, The Idaho Foodbank is increasing its effort to serve the needs of older Idahoans.”
“Food insecurity is not limited to a certain season but extends year round, and it reaches into every Idaho community,” Wil Gehl, CEO of Community Partnership Association of Idaho said. “Nearly 14 percent of the state’s population is food insecure and one in six children presently faces the risk of hunger.”
Here are some programs helping to solve hunger in Idaho:Idaho Food Bank to Give $94,000 in Local Grants
Starting July 1, the Idaho Food Bank Fund began taking grant applications from Idaho 501©(3) nonprofit organizations providing hunger relief services in areas across the state. Any qualifying group may apply for a grant to support food relief programs and services, buy food or equipment or make capital purchases.
The grant application cycle will continue through the end of July, and grants up to $5,000 will be awarded in October. Applicants may obtain more details and use the online application form at www.idahofoodbankfund.org.
Other Food Programs Available for Seniors:Cooking Matters classes help seniors on a fixed income select and prepare foods that will ensure they get the nutrition they need. Special classes are also available for seniors with dietary requirements imposed by serious health conditions such as diabetes.
BrightStar Care of Boise is committed to supporting seniors living at home.We provide meal preparation and grocery shopping services for seniors to ensure proper nutrition and care for those needing support. CLICK HERE to learn more about how we help.
We know there are many Boise seniors who need help, but can't afford services. Let’s help put seniors at risk in touch with free food and support services to ensure their nutritional needs are met:
The Idaho Foodbank Boise Office