Our Senior Farmers Market Program aims at connecting seniors who are unable to attend our regularly scheduled public food distributions due to a medical condition, lack of transportation, or being on a fixed income, to fresh produce. The Food Bank has identified senior living facilities where residents are typically low-income, medically fragile or disabled, and delivers vegetables and fruit directly to these residential facilities on a specific day each month.
As of today we have eight locations throughout the county, distributing fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors. The sites are located right where people live, usually in a community room in the middle of an apartment complex. Beyond the benefit of easy access to healthy food, they also become a regular community event where residents check in and sometimes even prepare food for each other with the produce they choose.
We set up the distribution like a farmers market and senior residents can hand pick items they are able to use. At times we will have our Nutrition Education staff attend these distributions to provide additional food resources to seniors in need.
Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.