HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary and Second Lady announced a state-wide effort Thursday, in partnership with DoorDash to deliver meals to seniors in need.
The initiative, unveiled during Hunger Action Month, aims to remove the barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program.
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According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, more than 300,000 seniors are eligible for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, but only about 35,000 are enrolled to receive it in 2021. The department adds that seniors face a number of barriers accessing food assistance programs because of issues with transportation, mobility or technology.
“It’s high time that Pennsylvania’s food assistance programs offer services tailored to the unique needs of their recipients and actively work to remove barriers to access,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.
A number of food banks including Hunger-Free Pennsylvania, Feeding Pennsylvania will partner with DoorDash, the popular food delivery service, to cover overlaps within the food box program. Dashers will then deliver boxes to seniors in need. As with any DoorDash delivery, Dashers are compensated.
“Our seniors deserve fresh, nutritious food. Transportation should never be a barrier to life-sustaining nourishment,” Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman said.