Senior Hunger Initiative
Many seniors who are living on fixed incomes must split their resources between food, utilities and medical expenses. Senior have said to us one of the first expenses they cut from their monthly expenses is food. For low-income seniors, limiting their food intake can drastically alter their health and significantly impact their quality of life. Hunger research shows that seniors experiencing hunger have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in their household. In fact, 73% of households with seniors experience high blood pressure and another 46% of households with seniors report diabetes in their household.
More than 20% of the people we provide food assistance to are senior citizens who are struggling to make ends meet. Even with government assistance programs such as social security or SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many seniors are not taking in adequate food to keep them healthy, or to maintain their current health. One way Roadrunner Food Bank provides food to low-income and hungry seniors is through our Senior Hunger Initiative (SHI).
About our Senior Hunger Initiative (SHI)
Our SHI program provides a combination of hunger-relief programs to low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and other locations who serve seniors.
- Mobile Pantries – Every month senior sites receive a mobile or “traveling” food pantry held at a senior center or low-income senior housing site. Each senior household receive healthy food such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat and much more.
- Fixed Food Pantry Locations – Each senior center or low-income housing site has the ability to establish an on site food pantry at their location. We will supply the food so that seniors can visit the pantry whenever they need help with food.
How to Help
Our Food Bank needs your ongoing support to keep our Senior Hunger Initiative. We couldn’t help the tens of thousands of seniors we feed every week without your help. Please support our Senior Hunger Initiative by:
- Making a one-time $50 donation to provide 250 meals to seniors;
- Creating a recurring monthly donation by joining our Roadrunner Club;
- Hosting a food collection drive or fund drive at your business or with your community-based organization; and,
- Volunteering at our Las Cruces or Albuquerque branch locations
Together, we can feed vulnerable and medically frail hungry seniors with your gift today. Contact us to see how you can help take part in finding solutions to ending hunger in New Mexico!
Looking for ways to help? We have provided a few tips to get involved right away.
- Help Roadrunner Food Bank solve hunger by making a monthly donation – set up a monthly recurring gift.
- Receive email from the Food Bank by opting in.
- Learn about how to volunteer at the Food Bank – click to register
- Learn how you can serve in other ways by visiting our Take Action Page