Millions of seniors in the United States are food insecure. As the senior population grows, the challenge of ensuring seniors have access to enough nutritious food will also increase.
COMMUNITY: The Shalom Center partners with the Community Action Agency to provide boxes to help seniors fight food insecurity | Local News
TAMARRA COLEMAN SPECIAL AT KENOSHA NEWS
Economic constraints lead some older people to eat less and / or skip meals. Food insecurity negatively impacts health and complicates the ability of older people to maintain good health as they age.
This is a challenge that is expected to worsen as our population ages and socioeconomic disparities increase. While there are many programs to support seniors, more needs to be done to address food insecurity among seniors in the United States
The Shalom Center has partnered for several years with the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency to provide boxes for the elderly (stock boxes) to the elderly, both in Racine and Kenosha.
This program is part of the Wisconsin Department of Health’s Supplemental Feeding Program (CSFP). This program provides free nutritious food to low-income seniors aged 60 and over.
The monthly meal plan, valued at approximately $ 35, is offered free of charge to eligible seniors. Foods are meant to be a supplement to a normal diet.
Food boxes include a variety of foods, such as skim and ultra high heat dry milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, beans dried, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.