For some seniors in Madison, a new food delivery program is aiming to eliminate the barriers to getting groceries and nutritious food.
NewBridge, a coalition of senior groups that is part of the food delivery program along with The River Food Pantry and RSVP of Dane County are a part of this new food delivery service program.
“Many seniors have trouble just loading groceries into their car or back into their home,” said Katie Gallagher of NewBridge.
According to research from NewBridge, more than 2,500 older adults in Madison and nearby Monona don’t get adequate nutrition.
There are some signs that food insecurity might be a growing problem in these areas, WPR reports. The number of families being served lunch at The River Food Pantry grew from 25 to 90 households. The lunch was for older adults and veterans.
Charles McLimans, the pantry’s president said advocates are trying to be proactive with the new food pantry delivery program — which is for those 60 years and older — because of the “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers who lack savings and can’t afford food.
Read more about the Meals on Wheels program serving Madison’s senior population here.