Supporting Senior Wellness With Nutritious Produce
6.26.18 — This month, we’d like to highlight one of our receiving agencies. EngAGE is a Food Forward partner supporting the art of active aging. Read on to learn more!
EngAGE provides arts, wellness, learning, community building, and intergenerational programs to 31 affordable senior and multi-generational communities through their Southern California branch. They support senior wellness through fun physical activities like dance and water aerobics, on-site vegetable gardens in senior communities, and classes on healthy cooking and nutrition.
Consistent access to nutritious food is key to improving wellness for seniors. In the United States, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, and 1 in 12 face food insecurity. To make sure their clients’ nutritional needs are met, EngAGE picks up fresh Food Forward produce every week, recovered from the Brentwood Farmers Market. Since 2016, Food Forward has donated over 42,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to help feed seniors and their families.
Megan Hocking, Programs Director at EngAGE, says, “Residents at our EngAGE properties are thrilled each week to receive their fresh produce from Food Forward. The resources from Food forward provide grocery distribution, nutrition and culinary education to families, seniors, and their dependents. EngAGE’s food program vastly improves the quality of life for low-income seniors and GAP (Grandparents as Parents) residences, many of whom do not have access to healthy, fresh produce.”
To learn more about EngAGE and their impact on senior populations, please visit https://engagedaging.org/