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 nearly 500 adults, ages 60 and older, throughout Chester County. Thanks to generous support from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, Senior Boxes are distributed monthly to 25 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.