Asking for Help at 94: The New Face of Hunger

Robert Herrmann, 94, shops at the Rushville Mobile Pantry in May. Nearly 5 million older adults face hunger in the United States every day. If that number surprises you, you likely aren’t alone. On a recent visit to a Mobile Pantry in Rushville,… Read More

A Tough Choice

Across the country, millions of older adults are facing hunger. In the 21 counties we serve, nearly 100,000 seniors are not assured of their next meal. Nationally, 8.1% of seniors will face food insecurity this year. With the senior population expected to nearly… Read More

Pat and Jim

*Clients names are real. At their request, we have used a stock photo. Pat and Jim worked all their lives, but never earned enough to save. Now, Jim suffers from dementia, and Pat’s health is a worry as well. “We’ve found ourselves unable… Read More

Senior Shopping Day Sees Increased Numbers

On a particularly busy Senior Shopping Day in November, a handful of staff helped out over lunchtime. There were about 100 more seniors than on a typical day, and the volunteer shift ended at noon. Our pantry manager was momentarily short-handed. A client… Read More

Thankful for Healthy Food

"I’m very low income, its tight for me. [The pantry] supplements the little food stamps I can get and I’m very thankful for that and I’m awful glad for healthy nutritional items and vegetable items because I’m diabetic. I come to one regular… Read More

Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain

*Story from a senior mobile pantry shopper.* [The mobile pantry] does a lot for us. For one my wife and I are on fixed incomes and don’t have a lot of money. I had to retire because of heart condition. Without this food… Read More

Retiring Hungry

The month of May was Older American’s Month. Throughout the month of May and every month Gleaners is thinking about senior citizens and how we can best serve their needs! A unique pilot program grew out of a Feeding America Health grant and… Read More

Sarah S.

“You can’t hardly afford to buy food anymore.” Sarah S. is 87. She grew up in the little town of Glasgow, Kentucky, but she came to Indiana in 1955. She and her husband had eight children and raised them in Garden City, a… Read More

Record-Breaking Senior Shopping Day

Did you know that a recent report from the AARP Foundation, indicated that 13.55% of low-income Hoosiers 60+ are at risk of hunger? For 50-59 year olds at the same income level, the food insecurity number nearly triples to 33.29%. On the third… Read More

The Cycle of Frailty: Help Fight Senior Hunger

Reading a Huffington Post article the other day, the first paragraph read like this… "'Imagine an older woman who lives up the street who has trouble getting around physically,' says Oregon State researcher Ellen Smit. 'She may be at risk for food insufficiency… Read More