Elders in Action has received a grant from the Safeway Foundation in support of its Encore Action Team (E.A.T.) projects to help end food insecurity among older adults in the Portland metropolitan area.
Elders in Action formed the Encore Action Teams in response to the boomer generation's interest in wanting to do good works in the community. The objective was to create projects that have high impact and short-term commitments for busy volunteers.
Helping to end hunger among older adults became the first priority for the Encore Action Teams. In Oregon, 22.1 percent of older adults living in low-income circumstances have income below 130 percent of the poverty line. These residents are frequently faced with having to choose between having dinner or filling half of a medical prescription, or between groceries and paying for heat/utilities.
Elders in Action and its partners - including Hollywood Senior Center and Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services - will work on hunger-relief projects such as tilling donated land, growing fresh food, stocking local senior food pantry sites, serving food at a Loaves and Fishes meal site, gleaning at local farmer markets and helping to increase awareness of the Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program.