Senior Hunger in Our Community
Financial challenges can be a daily reality, for many Hoosiers over 65. According to an AARP study, 52 percent of older Americans have difficulty paying for critical items including food, gas and medicine each year. Food insecurity can result from a variety of factors – fixed income common to many seniors, caring for grandchildren, lack of access to transportation, physical limitations and more.
But the end result is that seniors who have contributed decades of their lives to their communities often find that they do not know how they’ll get their next meal.
Because so many grant requests focused on meals and food access, the Central Indiana Senior Fund initiated a study that led to the creation of Elders At the Table. Elders At the Table, or EAT, is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that work together to create a stronger system of senior-serving meal and food providers in central Indiana. EAT members include senior-focused organizations, hunger relief agencies and neighborhood centers.
Meals at Home and Around the Corner
Recognizing that many seniors and their loved ones are unaware of existing meal resources, EAT has distributed the “Cost-Saving Meal Options for Seniors” booklet. In this publication, seniors can find options for low-cost or free meals that are available in their neighborhoods. The booklet also lists organizations that provide home-delivered meals, a valuable resource for seniors who have health or mobility issues.
After three years of funding support from the Central Indiana Senior Fund, the EAT Coalition is set to continue its efforts as a stand-alone group. To find out more about the group, visit http://www.eatcoalition.org/.
You can make a difference!
Our mission at Central Indiana Community Foundation is to inspire, support, and practice philanthropy, leadership and service in the community. We do that by: identifying community-wide issues; working with effective not-for-profits to address those needs; and serving as a philanthropic partner to individuals, family foundations and businesses who are interested in making central Indiana a better place for everyone.
Top photo courtesy of CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, an EAT Coalition member organization.