1 in 8 seniors in Kentuckiana is at risk of hunger due to limited budgets, declining mobility or medical issues. To respond to this need, Dare to Care offers several programs that target our community’s older adults.
Patrol Against Hunger
Together, Dare to Care and the Louisville Metro Police Department operate Patrol Against Hunger, to deliver nutritionally-balanced food packages to homebound seniors in need. Metro Police Officers identify homebound seniors in their division who are at risk of hunger. Dare to Care then delivers packages of staple food items to each police division, for officers to make monthly grocery deliveries.
Mobile Pantries for Seniors
The Mobile Pantry program distributes fresh fruit, vegetables and nonperishable items to community members at risk of hunger. We conveniently distribute these items to senior residential buildings and senior centers. When possible, we strategically partner with community organizations to provide additional services for seniors, such as blood pressure screenings and health coaching.
Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
In 2014, Dare to Care began distributing food through the CSFP program. This federal program provides monthly, well-balanced food packages to low-income seniors who meet certain requirements. The goal is to improve the health of people, at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods, such as grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. For more information about the CSFP program and eligibility, please contact Tami Garris.
The following percentages and dollar amounts of the total costs are funded with federal money: TEFAP (4.5%, $321,056), CSFP (7%, $489,059). The percentage and dollar amount of the total costs of that are funded by non-governmental sources is 88.5%, $6,200,000.