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In honor of Older Americans month, Philabundance is highlighting the growing increase of senior citizens struggling with food insecurity. According to Feeding America, 1.1 million households with seniors living alone experience food insecurity. The number of seniors facing hunger is expected to increase by 50% by 2025.

Philabundance is committed to getting vital nutrition to senior citizens in the Delaware Valley. Our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides USDA-donated food to low-income seniors, ensuring that more seniors have access to shelf-stable foods to last throughout the month.

Senior citizens like Irene Bartow, a 70-year old Bucks County resident, rely on CSFP to keep food in their pantries.

Two years ago, Irene lost the love her life, but also her main source of income.  Not only was her husband gone, but so was his pension.

irene and husband

Irene and her husband.

During a time that is supposed to be her golden years, she was forced to cut down her health insurance, give up her house and move into an apartment complex for low-income seniors, which is where she learned of Philabundance and CFSP/Senior Boxes.

Boxes contain approximately 30 pounds of canned and boxed food including vegetables, fruit, juice, pasta, milk, cereal, canned meat, and non-meat protein. Each box is also accompanied by fresh cheese. We serve over 9,146 per month through this program.

“Without Philabundance I would starve,” said Bartow. “I know there are a lot of people like me, and we really need this to survive.”

Watch Irene’s story, which originally aired on WPVI in the winter of 2013, to learn the impact Philabundance on the lives of senior citizens across the region.