In the summer of 2017, a variety of circumstances brought the issue of senior food insecurity to the forefront for a number of funders in the Panhandle, leading to joint discussions between the Amarillo Area Foundation, Harrington Health and Cancer Foundation, High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation, and Mary E. Bivins Foundation. As a result of these conversations and its commitment to provide for the elderly in our community, the Mary E. Bivins Foundation committed resources to enable an in-depth study of the issue of food insecurity among Panhandle seniors.
The study was conducted between October 2017 and January 2018, with three goals in mind: 1) Identify the scope of the issue related to older adults and food insecurity in the Panhandle 2) Produce a list of resources that will be of assistance to service providers and others addressing this issue 3) Provide an impetus for discussion and collaboration among organizations already serving this growing population and hopefully influence action on how to move forward.
This resource can serve as a first step in helping change-makers understand how to improve the lives of our seniors in meaningful and effective ways. It is anticipated that the information collected via this process will serve as baseline data, providing a benchmark against which future progress can be tracked. The next step will be for key stakeholders to take this data and identify what they see as the most important issues to address, keeping in mind feasibility, effectiveness, and measurability as they determine priorities.
Download the 2018 Senior Hunger Study.