The Elders at the Table (EAT) Coalition received a $150,000 grant from the Central Indiana Senior Fund, a CICF Fund, for its Alleviating Senior Hunger initiative. The grant will help EAT implement comprehensive and integrated strategies to increase low-income seniors’ knowledge of and access to nutritious food sources. This initiative will be administered through CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and other EAT coalition members.
Provide Seniors with SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Currently, only 31 percent of Indiana households with seniors are enrolled in SNAP, one of the lowest SNAP participation rates in the Midwest.
Increase the Number of Food Vouchers
Increase the number of food vouchers distributed to Central Indiana seniors by 50 percent and increase the number of food voucher distribution sites by at least 12.
Develop a Proxy Shopper Program
Develop a Proxy Shopper Program through Meals on Wheels that recruits and trains volunteers to shop for homebound seniors at food pantries and deliver their groceries.
Create Convenient, Co-Located
Senior Friendly Food Pantries
Create convenient, co-located senior friendly food pantries at congregate meal sites to help seniors who face difficulties obtaining food from traditional food pantries.
Provide Senior Nutrition
and Food Access Education
Provide senior nutrition and food access education, through the Purdue Extension SNAP-Ed Program, on the EAT Coalition website and in print.
“EAT members have spent the last year developing our collaboration strength and resources through the coalition, and it is because of this that we can now focus on providing sustainable new services to our area seniors.”