For the third straight year, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Convoy of H.O.P.E. will roll out from its Fort Pierce headquarters with boxes of nutritious food for area seniors. This year, more than 3,000 boxes will be distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 12 – doubling the number from just two years ago.
The boxes are destined for seniors who struggle with hunger year-round and often find it difficult to make ends meet on a fixed income, especially during the holidays. The boxes will be loaded onto four trucks – one for each county Treasure Coast Food Bank serves – and will roll out with a police escort from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office to points throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
“Each year we find more seniors struggling to make ends meet as more Baby Boomers reach retirement and experience the difficulty of living on a fixed income,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “Across the state, more than 700,000 seniors struggle with hunger and a senior is part of every third household we serve. A box of food at holiday time is like a gift of hope for the seniors we serve.”
H.O.P.E. stands for Healthy Options for Seniors, and it’s one of several Treasure Coast Food Bank programs directed to aid senior hunger.
Each box contains food that seniors can prepare easily for themselves and that contribute to a healthy diet for seniors. Those foods include stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, beans, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, apple juice, peanut butter, and low-sugar snacks.
About 2 dozen organizations that serve seniors will be receiving boxes from the Convoy of H.O.P.E., including the Senior Resource Association in Vero Beach, St. Lucie Housing Authority, Okeechobee Senior Services, and Kane Center in Martin County.