The “Silver Tsunami” is fast-approaching and it’s a term used to describe the rapidly-growing senior population. With this growth comes economic and health concerns. Many times, low-income older adults must often choose between paying for rent, medication, or food. Nearly 1 in 12 seniors in the United States receives food assistance from the Feeding America network. Right here in South Florida, approximately 110,000 older adults don’t know from where they will get their next meal.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Seniors who lack proper nutrition are at a higher risk of health problems and chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and decreased resistance to infections. The CSFP is a USDA program that provides nutritious food to more than 2,700 eligible low-income seniors 60 years of age or older in Miami-Dade County. Food boxes are distributed once a month at designated sites.
Senior Food Boxes
Feeding South Florida’s food boxes are specifically designed to supplement the nutrients typically lacking in seniors’ diets. These food boxes play an important role in combating the health consequences of senior hunger and can avoid costly hospitalizations. Food boxes are provided to select partner sites for monthly distribution to qualifying older adults struggling to make ends meet.
Home Delivery Program
Many older adults are homebound due to the inability to drive, lack of transportation, or the inability to travel by themselves. To ensure these seniors receive the proper nutrition necessary for a healthier life, Feeding South Florida’s Client Services team members conduct an intake, determine eligibility, and then, deliver a food box to qualifying older adults.