As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes 150,000+ pounds of food a week and 7.5 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.
Addressing Senior Food Insecurity
"Seniors in need are often too proud to come to the food pantry. When I visit low-income senior housing with a box of food I have to reassure them that they aren't taking items that someone else needs. These people usually are alone with no one to talk to, no one to encourage them to eat more. Often when I open the fridge to help them put the food away, the shelves are bare, and I know these seniors need our help. We live in rural Wisconsin with limited resources. What would our senior friends do without hunger-relief programs?" shared Ann Sonderegger, FMP Board Member and Director of the Cornell Food Pantry.
Data shows that the number of food insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50% when the youngest of the Baby Boom Generation reaches age 60 in 2025. Locally the number of seniors served through FMP and our partners has increased 14% in the last 3 years. After a life of working, paying taxes, and raising families, our seniors are facing high medical costs, transportation issues and limited food budgets. To address this alarming need, FMP continues to foster partnerships to expand our reach through our partner programs, senior centers and resident pantry sites.
While statistics and resources may change over time, the effect hunger has on the lives of our neighbors facing food insecurity remains devastating and acts as a barrier to health and productivity. As part of an ongoing commitment to removing the hunger barrier, FMP continues to establish and strengthen new partnerships to rescue and redistribute healthy food to our neighbors who need it most.