In 2016, Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks, partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation on a six-year investment to address senior food insecurity. This study was commissioned early in the partnership period to learn about seniors’ needs and the different food assistance programs being implemented across the network. The intention was to
assess how food-assistance programming can, and does, align with seniors’ needs, and to shed light on some of the ways in which programming that aims to increase seniors’ access to or knowledge of nutrition and food-related services operate and benefit seniors. The study aimed to address two overarching questions:
• What are the needs of seniors being
served by senior food-assistance
programs in the Feeding America
• How are food-assistance programs that
serve seniors meeting their needs?
The study used systematic qualitative methods to examine 17 programs in 9 states at food banks participating in the Feeding America Senior Hunger Network. The study team carried out semi-structured interviews at each site with food bank staff, agency partners, and seniors using programs made observations and conducted document reviews.