CICOA, Gleaners Team Up to Provide Food for Low-Income Older Adults
POSTED: May 8, 2015
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana are teaming up to provide boxes of nutritional, nonperishable food to low-income older adults in Marion County. The nonprofit organizations began administering the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) together in April.
“Gleaners and CICOA were both already providing healthy meals to seniors in need, so it makes sense for us to work together,” said Cynthia Hubert, president and CEO, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “We’re thrilled to have CICOA as our newest partner in the fight to end hunger in Central Indiana.”
Gleaners has been administering the CSFP program for 12 years and provided 24,000 boxes of food to seniors last year alone. Each monthly package contains approximately 40 pounds of food, which includes high protein items, grains, vegetables, juices and powered milk. Adults must be 60 years of age or older, reside in Marion County and meet at a minimum income level to qualify for the program.
With the new partnership, the organizations split the USDA funds and program responsibilities. Gleaners will box and ship the food to 10 sites throughout Marion County, and CICOA will manage the application process for more than 1,400 adults in the program as well as the onsite food distribution.
“This program supports our mission to empower older adults and prevent them from having to choose between food and other basic needs,” said CICOA President and CEO Orion Bell. “Whether it’s food, transportation, health or other kinds of care, we connect seniors to the resources they need to live and thrive at home.”
With one in 12 households with seniors at risk of hunger nationwide, the federal CSFP program works to improve the health of low-income elderly people by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods through state and local agencies.