Senior Pilot Program Update

The Arkansas Foodbank just completed a senior services pilot program spanning 13 counties. The pantries were of various sizes, serving from 25 seniors per month to over 200 seniors per month.

The agencies implemented different strategies to test what worked. At the Alexander First Baptist Church food pantry in Saline County, seniors were allowed to come in half an hour before the pantry's open time of 6:00 pm.

At the Community Family Enrichment Center in Clark county, volunteers were able to assist seniors by carrying food to their vehicles. Additionally, deliveries were made by volunteers to seniors that are home-bound or in wheelchairs.

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Arkansas Seniors Facing Highest Hunger Rates

Arkansas has the highest percentage of seniors, more than one in four at 25.44%, facing the threat of hunger among states in the US, according to the State of Senior Hunger in America 2012 report released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) in May 2014.

Trends conveyed through Arkansas Foodbank agency monthly reports align with NFESH findings. In a comparison of seniors served in January 2010 and January 2014, the number of seniors 65 and older that our pantries served in that month grew from 5,582 to 12,815 seniors, an increase of 129.58%.

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Pilot Programs Get Nutritious Food to Seniors

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In September 2013, the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger released their annual report on the State of Senior Hunger in America. The report demonstrated that the threat of hunger among our seniors continues to be a grave crisis facing the nation.

In the report, Arkansas stood at the top of the list with 24.2% of its seniors facing food insecurity.

Immediately, our Program Services team created a senior hunger task force comprised of our member agencies that have experience working with seniors. 

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