Harrisburg, PA – Today, Secretary of Aging Teresa
Osborne joined the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help sort fresh produce
and pack boxes for the senior food program.
Action Month is about inspiring people to do just that: take action, and the
volunteers and employees who pack these boxes understand that hunger has a real
day-to-day impact on older Pennsylvanians," said Secretary Osborne. “Recognizing
that we are all members of the communities we serve, we are pleased to partner with
the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its provider network to address senior
we packed 180 food boxes that will go directly to low-income seniors in need of
food assistance,” said Adam Peterson, who manages the senior food program. “We
here at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are always thrilled to have Secretary
Osborne’s support as we tackle food insecurity among seniors.”
The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger reports
seniors who are food insecure have diets that are less nutritious, endure worse
health outcomes, and experience a higher risk for depression. Research has shown that
when seniors participate in programs that address food insecurity, they become
more independent because of improved nutrition status and overall health.
September 2016, Setting the Table: Blueprint for a Hunger-Free
was developed to address hunger in PA and respond to Governor Wolf’s executive
establishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership. The Partnership includes
the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development,
Education, Health, and Human Services. The blueprint was developed in
collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and other public,
charitable, and private leaders in food security.
increased collaboration and coordination, the Wolf Administration has worked
with public, charitable, and private organizations to address hunger in
Pennsylvania. In fiscal year 2017-18 the Department of Aging, through local
meals programs, provided over 8.9 million meals to older Pennsylvanians.
For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s
meal programs, visit www.aging.pa.gov/meals.
Media contact: Drew Wilburne 717-705-3702
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