There are nearly 70,000 senior citizens (age 65 and older) living in Chester County. Unfortunately, an estimated 11.5% are living in poverty. Unfortunately, after a lifetime of hard work thousands of older neighbors in Chester County face difficult choices every day needing to decide between, pay for medicines, rent, or groceries. Our research tells us 61.5% of eligible households in Pennsylvania with a 65+ person, are NOT enrolled to receive SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps). This is why we are making assistance programs like SNAP enrollment a priority and joining with our network partners to bring awareness to changing eligibility requirements.
With an overarching goal of reducing food insecurity, the Chester County 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 EveryDay 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.
The CCFB Senior Food Box is available to anyone age 60+ whose household income is at or below 150% of the U.S. poverty level ($24,135 annually for a household of one, or $32,355 for a household of two). If you are interested in receiving a Senior Food Box please call Janet Zeis at 610-873-6000 x105 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer opportunities are regularly available to pack Senior Boxes or to Color Some Kindness (see below).
COLOR SOME KINDNESS
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another.” – Mr. Rogers
Bring a kind word to recipients and brighten their day by decorating boxes for our Senior Food Boxes and Essential Grocery Boxes. 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 opportunities. 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.