As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes
125,000+ pounds of food a week and 7 million pounds a year to local
agencies. We are a cost effective way to provide pantries, community tables,
and shelters enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Emergency Meals Provide Seniors with Stability
Each week volunteers gather at Feed My People to help pack meals for local students in need, but these volunteers recognize that hunger is not just a problem that youth in our community face. That is why Wednesday these same volunteers committed extra time to help pack emergency food boxes for 350 seniors who struggle with hunger.
Hunger doesn't discriminate based on age," said Sarah Laney, Program Specialist at Feed My People. "We know about 1 in 9 seniors in west central Wisconsin are food insecure and we want to help." Sarah collaborated with staff at both the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County and Meals on Wheels to coordinate the pack for senior meals, which is in its third year.
In 2014, Feed My People served over 1,000 seniors living in Eau Claire through food pantries and meal programs and even more throughout our 14 county service area. Health concerns and transportation issues, however, prevent many seniors from being able to receive food through these sources. Many rely on Meals on Wheels as their major source of nutrition. The collaboration with this service to create the emergency food boxes provides these seniors with food for winter days when Meals on Wheels are unable to deliver as well as for supplemental nutrition when needed.