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 Community Markets
The Food Depository provides food for ten Older Adult Community 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 500,000 pounds of healthy food items to older adults during fiscal year 2019-2020.
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 2019-2020 fiscal year, a total of 98 sites delivered more than 1.1 million pounds of shelf stable items and fresh produce to older adults.