Did you know that 2.9 million older adults do not know where their next meal is coming from?
In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we spent time with Amanda Grant & Kathleen Franczwa, leaders of the Westchester Food Pantry who talk about their mission and impact.
The Westchester Food Pantry services over 150 families every week. Many of these families consist of older adults who are there because their fixed income isn’t enough to make ends meet. These seniors face tough choices on what life necessities they can afford each month. Thanks to the food pantry, obtaining fresh, nutritious foods is easy- and many seniors find the pantry to be a source of hope and social connections.
“A lot of them have very large medical bills and prescriptions costs and when we ask them about applying for SNAP benefits a lot of them say ‘ I don’t qualify’ or ‘ I only get $15 a month and it was a lot of work just to get that $15 with the paperwork process. I think they often have to make tough choices about food versus another expense. “
Take a few moments to learn about the important impact the Westchester Food Pantry is having on individuals and families in Bellwood (60104), Berkeley (60163), Broadview (60155), Hillside (60162). La Grange Park (60526), Westchester (60154), Western Springs (60558)