Feeding Older Adults
Older adults often live on fixed incomes and are at risk of food insecurity. In fact, 36% of the households we serve include at least one person over the age of 60. We provide targeted support to reach this vulnerable population.
Older Adult Choice Markets
The Food Depository provides food for nine Older Choice Adult Markets throughout Cook County. In these markets, older adults can choose from a variety of fresh produce and nonperishable food items. In total, these locations connected over 400,000 pounds of healthy food items to older adults during fiscal year 2016-2017.
The Food Depository began providing food items to low-income senior residences in 2007. This program helps stretch tight grocery budgets by providing older adults with nutritious food to prepare at home. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, a total of 90 sites delivered more than 1.2 million pounds of shelf stable items and fresh produce to older adults.