Older adults, children and veterans all face unique challenges that can leave them unable to access nutritious food. But because of donor support, in fiscal year 2017-2018 we were able to deliver tailored programs that connect them with the nutrition they need.

Connecting older adults to healthy food

Valerie receives food at the Englewood Satellite Senior Center Valerie takes a 30 minute bus ride to get to the Englewood Satellite Senior Center. At the center, she says she finds a community of like-minded people and activities to keep her busy. But above all else, she finds food support from the Food Depository’s Older Adult Choice Market at the center. At age 63, Valerie lives on a fixed income. She says the Market provides her with nutritious food that she can't afford. Valerie is one of the 36 percent of the households that the Food Depository serves which includes at least one person over the age of 60. With help from supporters like you, we connected over 470,000 pounds of healthy food to older adults like Valerie during fiscal year 2017-2018.

"A lot of elderly people don't have food these days. All we do is the best we can. This market helps us do the best we can."

Valerie, Older Adult Market client

Helping fuel youth

Colleen and her family started visiting the Lunch Bus in 2013. In 2014, her son, Cody was in a bike accident. The Lunch Bus helped create a sense of normalcy in the family's life, while also offsetting magnifying medical bills. Colleen and Cody still visit the Lunch Bus to this day. It has become a part of Cody's childhood and helps Colleen provide meals for her kids in the summer months, when she is not working at her school administration job. In summer 2017, we distributed a total of 37,868 meals to kids 18 and under like Cody, thanks to all who support us.

Serving those who served

Rich served in the Vietnam War. He says he was far from welcomed back to the United States after serving. "It's tough knowing people aren't always grateful for your service," Rich said. After visiting the Hines VA Hospital, he was connected with the food pantry. Rich said it helped show him that people care. "This pantry gives me the support I need, even if people haven't always given me that," Rich said. Rich is one of the 2,500 veterans that we served every month in fiscal year 2017-2018. Thanks to supporters we are able to respond to veterans struggling with hunger every day.