Every day across Central Alabama, many of our neighbors must choose between buying groceries and covering other basic needs, such as paying their utility bills or filling medical prescriptions. Hunger causes silent suffering among many families in our community, but it hits hardest among the most vulnerable: children and seniors.
In 2017, the Bold Goals Coalition developed a network to bring summer meals to students who often go hungry when school is out and lunches aren’t available. As a result, for the past several summers, thousands of children have received free, healthy meals and snacks at churches, schools, parks and childcare centers across the region.
Now we are excited to launch an effort to address hunger among seniors. Within the next few months, through the new Senior Grocery Program, more than 1,000 low-income seniors will begin receiving free, monthly grocery deliveries that will help them get through each month without missing meals. Each delivery will include proteins, grains and vegetables, all of which are often missing in seniors’ diets. Within the next year, the program will have the capacity to serve 1,350 seniors across Central Alabama, bringing in $810,000 worth of federal investment.