For many of Utah’s seniors, what are supposed to be their hard-earned retirement years have turned into a daily challenge to survive. Sadly, they are often left to navigate this tough time alone after losing their spouse after years of marriage and with busy adult children who are now raising their own children. Living on a fixed income often leaves them struggling to stay in the house they have called home for many years, being forced to choose between paying for life-saving medicine and putting food on their table. With longer-than-ever life expectancies, many seniors outlive their retirement savings, meaning there isn’t enough money left to cover basic needs such as food.
Sadly, statistics have long shown a connection between poverty and disability. Research shows that adults with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty as those without a disability. Both homebound seniors and people with disabilities often live in isolation and have high medical costs to contend with, making putting food on the table a difficult task. Last year, Utah Food Bank’s food box programs delivered 46,212 food boxes to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.
Utah Food Bank provides free, monthly food assistance to homebound people with disabilities and seniors living in poverty, delivered right to the client’s home. Each food box contains approximately one week’s worth of non-perishable food, plus as much fresh food as available.
Last year, 9,550 of these food boxes were delivered—primarily by caring volunteers—who were often some of the few visitors these clients received. Utah Food Bank is often the recipient of “luxury” items such as fresh flowers and even pet food that, when delivered, make life just a little nicer for these homebound clients.
If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible for this program, please contact our Food Box Coordinator at (801) 887-1271 or [email protected].