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. Many seniors are on fixed incomes and are faced with making tough decisions between food and other necessities.
Read just a few responses below by local seniors we serve to get a glimpse into the daily decisions they have to make.
“Every single purchase I make affects whether or not I can afford a simple meal at the end of the day, or whether I can afford my medication at the beginning of the month. I cannot afford to be frivolous or make a single mistake with my finances. If I make a mistake, that means I don’t eat dinner.”
“I’m 74 years old, and I’ve never bought a green pepper by the pound in my life. I just can’t afford one. So I have to wait until those kinds of healthy foods appear in my monthly box of food, otherwise I just don’t eat that kind of stuff.”
“After a few years of needing help, I’ve finally figured out how to make my food last all month. I’m a farm girl, so I can the potatoes and cabbage I get in the summer and make it last all winter. I cook dried beans. It’s harder in the winter when gas bills are high, but I make it work.”
“It’s hard to ask for help. I’m such a proud person and I want my kids and my grandkids to be proud of me, too. My mom and dad worked hard, and so did I for my entire life. But sometimes life just doesn’t happen the way you expect it to.”
You can help. Visit 2harvest.org/donate today to make sure hungry seniors in your community have one less thing to worry about this winter—getting enough food.