SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A Scottsdale senior citizen center is doing its part to help with food insecurity.
At the Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Center, senior recreation leader Ana Valadez works with St. Mary’s Food Bank and Desert Mission to create care packages of nutritious fruits, vegetables and proteins to help the most vulnerable in her community.
According to the USDA, an estimated one in eight Americans is food insecure, meaning they don’t have enough money to pay for their household’s food needs. A 2020 report from Feeding America estimates that about 6.6% of seniors in the Valley are affected.
Each “brown bag” contains about 15 pounds of food, worth about $25. And while the program has been around for 20 years, current concerns about inflation and abrupt changes in the eligibility of SNAP benefits (food stamps) mean the center the applications come in. So far, 160 seniors have been enrolled, with a maximum of 240 people enrolled in the program.
Organizers say they can always use a helping hand, whether they’re assembling bags or donating money. If you would like to assist or require assistance, please contact the Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Center at 480-312-1700. Tap or click here for more information.
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