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Florida among top 10 states with highest rates of food insecurity about seniors

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – May 1, 2024 – This month, Treasure Coast Food Bank will be raising awareness for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and overall health of older adults.

On Friday, May 3, from 8:15-9:30 a.m., Treasure Coast Food Bank is hosting its monthly information and learning session, Food for Thought, on Older Americans Month at 813 S. Kings Highway in Fort Pierce.
Attendees will learn about resources at the food bank and hear from agency partners.

“Food insecurity among older neighbors on the Treasure Coast remains high,” said President & CEO Judith Cruz. She continued, “By connecting our neighbors to resources right now, we empower them with the ability to choose and the stability to thrive.”

According to Feeding America’s State of Senior Hunger Report, 5.5 million seniors aged 60 or older are food insecure, and Florida is among the top 10 states with the highest rates of senior food insecurity and very low food security among seniors. On the Treasure Coast, older Floridians are turning to Treasure Coast Food Bank for assistance, where one in four older neighbors need food assistance.
With our many community partners like the Council on Aging of St. Lucie and Alzheimer’s Community Care, Treasure Coast Food Bank extends its reach beyond food assistance and continues to take a person-centered approach to address the root causes of hunger.

The organization and its collaborators provide holistic services like case management support, benefits assistance, and nutrition education – alongside fresh fruit and vegetable distributions, meal preparation and emergency home delivery to those who are home-bound.

The health and well-being of thousands of Treasure Coast older Americans is a priority of Treasure Coast Food Bank. To support those facing hunger in the Treasure Coast, visit

If you need food assistance, or to learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank’s programs, go to

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the
community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 300
charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution,
Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but
help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is
a Partner Food Bank of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United
States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, or follow us @TCFoodbank on Facebook or Twitter