Seniors are one of the fastest-growing populations that Second Harvest Heartland serves: visits by seniors to Second Harvest Heartland’s food shelf partners have increased more than 60 percent since 2008.
Here at Second Harvest Heartland, we rely on volunteers to help get more food to seniors in our community so they can maintain their health, independence and general well-being.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) at Second Harvest Heartland provides a monthly box of wholesome food to more than 9,000 seniors. This year, we opened nearly 15 new distribution sites, and continue working to better serve underrepresented areas in the metro area and greater Minnesota.
Volunteers provide crucial support to the CSFP program:
- Navigating the CSFP registration process can be overwhelming to clients. Phone Application Assistants register senior citizens for eligibility in the CSFP program.
- Drive-Thru Assistants help seniors and family members pick up their monthly CSFP food box in the Maplewood drive-thru. Each month, volunteers help clients pick up 1,800 boxes of groceries!
- Grocery Delivery volunteers deliver a CSFP food box to homebound senior citizens once a month.
- Grocery Distribution Assistants work at area CSFP box distribution sites where seniors receive a monthly box of groceries, making it possible for seniors to get free groceries close to home.
We need you! Help feed hungry seniors in your community by signing up for a volunteer shift here.