The Vital Impact of Food Pantries
For most people, it’s hard to make it through the day without being reminded of the stressful reality of inflation. From gas prices to utility bills to rent, rising prices are showing up in nearly every area of our lives. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the grocery store, where food prices are increasing sharply. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the food at home price index rose by 10% between May 2021 and May 2022—the biggest jump in over thirty years.
The populations who will suffer the most are those already at risk of food insecurity, including low-income groups, Black and Hispanic households, and in some cases, seniors. In Arizona, for example, the prevalence of food insecurity among individuals aged 60 and over was 14.5% for 2018-2019. Often, seniors face the compounded disadvantages of low income, disability, and lack of access to transportation.
Doing Our Part
As a result, many people are turning to food banks to ensure they have enough food to get by. At FSL, we’re stepping up to address the growing need for food by providing nutritious meals for over 1,100 Arizonans each day through our Food Pantries, Home-Delivered Meal programs, and Congregate Meals.
- About FSL’s Food Pantries
FSL operates three food pantry locations in Peoria and Wickenburg. The pantries serve community members who live below the poverty line. Thanks to generous donations and support from other community organizations, our food pantries were able to distribute over 87,500 pounds of food last year.
- About FSL’s Home-Delivered Meals
Many of FSL’s clients face mobility or transportation barriers that make it difficult to shop for groceries, cook, or travel to take advantage of FSL’s congregate meals. For individuals in this situation, FSL delivers nutritious meals straight to their doorstep. Last year, we delivered over 19,000 meals to individuals who needed them most.
- About FSL’s Congregate Meals
Each day, clients at FSL’s Wickenburg and Peoria Senior Centers and all three ReCreación locations receive hot, healthy meals while enjoying the company of fellow attendees. For many, the benefits of congregate meals are twofold: in addition to access to food they might not otherwise have, participants can connect socially with other people. In 2021, our congregate meals program served nearly 13,700 lunches to clients.
Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:
- Affordable housing options
- Nutritious meal programs
- Health and wellness programs
- Senior centers
- Recreation programs
- Support for caregivers
These services enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to meet their needs, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!