There are nearly 70,000 senior citizens (age 65 and older) living in Chester County. Unfortunately, an estimated 11.5% are living in poverty. With an overarching goal of reducing food insecurity, the Food Bank’s Senior Box Program serves over 800 adults, ages 60 and older, throughout Chester County. Senior Boxes are distributed monthly to 36 sites comprised of community agencies, food pantries, senior centers and senior housing facilities.
Senior Boxes meet the unique nutritional needs of seniors by including foods that utilize USDA guidelines. Focusing on fruits, vegetables, (many of which are grown by CCFB and its collaborative partners), whole grains, as well as reduced sodium and sugar content, we work to provide boxes with foods that are filled with key nutrients for seniors, such as breakfast cereals with folate which strengthens mood and cognitive function and peanut butter with muscle enhancing potassium .
Volunteer opportunities are regularly available to pack senior boxes.
COLOR SOME KINDNESS
We offer an opportunity for people to decorate boxes used for our Senior Food Boxes to help brighten the recipient’s day when they receive it. All ages are welcome to participate, but this is a great service opportunity for children who are not old enough for our other volunteer opportunities.
Boxes can be picked up by request from our facility and returned within two weeks. We pack nearly 800 boxes a month so we have plenty of coloring opportunity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this activity. Please consider hosting a virtual food drive along with your Coloring Kindness or make a donation to help support programs like our Senior Food Boxes.