What many older adults don’t realize is that if they’re in need of food assistance, there are many immediate resources available to them — specifically food banks. Food banks and related food programs are great because they team up with local farmers, grocery stores, and other companies to redistribute goods to those in need. So, by utilizing food banks, older adults have full access to fresh, healthy meals that will sustain them!
If you’ve been wanting to visit a food bank but don’t know where to start, you don’t have to search any further because we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed some online resources to help you search for a food bank near you. There are also some in-person resources that will help narrow your search down so you can get food ASAP.
Feeding America’s website is a fantastic resource because it allows you to search by your state or zip code to find local food banks. No matter where you are, you’ll be able to find an option that fits your needs.
Besides food banks, Feeding America also gives you the ability to look for senior-specific food programs that serve as supplements to food banks. Some of the great programs include things like home food delivery services and farmer’s markets designed specifically for older adults.
Click here to start looking for a food bank through Feeding America!
Foodpantries.org is another great resource to not only find food banks in your area, but to also get specific details like pantry hours, official websites of food banks, and information about subsidized grocery services.
They are adding new food bank locations daily so this is a great place to check regularly.
Start your search by accessing Foodpantries.org here.
Many churches organize their own food banks or know non-profit programs that they can help you become a part of immediately. This means that no matter where you decide to go, you’ll more than likely find a food bank immediately.
If you haven’t started yet, you’ll want to make a list of your local churches and either visit or call them to find what’s available.
Your nearest Salvation Army or YMCA are also great resources because they’ll have all the information you need about practically every food bank within your vicinity. If you ask, they may even be able to provide you with a map and schedule of your local food banks so that you can be sure your refrigerator is stocked at all times!
Many cities also hold their own food banks. So, if you haven’t found out if the city you’re living in, or other surrounding areas, holds one, it’s time to contact someone! You can usually find this information through your city’s official website, or by calling a representative from the community services department.
Besides food banks, there are many other resources available to give older adults access to food. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and Meals on Wheels are just a few of them.
Once you find a food bank near you but discover that you need more assistance, check out some of the other major programs you can sign up for from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) below.
Food Assistance for Older Adults Age 60 and Over