The Healthy Options Program for the Elderly distributed supplemental staple groceries at 22 sites to nearly 3,700 older adults every month.
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For many senior citizens living on a fixed or limited income, the food budget is overshadowed by payments for rent and utilities and the cost of medications. Without a consistent source of staple groceries, many seniors struggle with food insecurity and malnutrition.
The Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE) was created in an effort to curb hunger and food insecurity challenging older adults.
Through HOPE, the Food Bank partners with neighborhood centers, churches and other agencies like Meals on Wheels and More who are already working with those aged 60 and older.
Each month, HOPE clients receive an 15- to 20-pound bag of groceries to supplement their existing diets. They receive items like canned vegetables and meats, cereal, pasta and soups. Fresh produce and personal hygiene products are also included.
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