Thanksgiving meals are a luxury many low-income seniors can’t afford.
- In 2011, 4.8 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure. This constitutes 8.4% of all seniors.
- The negative effects of the Great Recession persist through 2011 as senior hunger continues to rise. The number of seniors facing food insecurity is 50 percent higher in 2011 compared to 2007.
- The post-2007 increase in food insecurity was especially pronounced among those seniors with incomes above the poverty line, those divorced/separate or never-married, the disabled and unemployed, those under age 70, women, and those with resident grandchildren.
The Capital Area Food Bank regularly works to fill the meal gap to provide these seniors with nourishing food, and we would like to go big for them on Thanksgiving Day.
Help Provide a Thanksgiving Meal
Every year we conduct a Thanksgiving campaign to provide seniors with a bountiful Thanksgiving food bag. Last year we were able to provide senior citizens in our Brown Bag Program with a turkey and five other Thanksgiving complements that typically make up this season’s delicious holiday meal.
This year we want to make the greatest impact yet, and provide 4000 senior citizens with holiday meals. Since many seniors are helping to support other family members, it is vital we have enough food for their families as well.
We are asking for your generous contributions to help us reach our goal and make this year a success by providing a Thanksgiving meal to our wonderful senior citizens.