Thrive Alliance recently received a gift of $10,000 from the Custer-Nugent Foundation in Columbus to assist in efforts to reduce food insecurity. The donation will be used to help fund Thrive Alliance’s home delivered meals programs.

Food insecurity is a challenge for many older adults with low incomes.  Nationally one in ten households are food insecure, and the rate is even higher in Southern Central Indiana. Key findings in South Central Indiana include:

  • Nine percent of older adults aged 60 and older were food insecure.
  • According to older adults and service providers, the chief barriers to food access and security are transportation and money.
  • 10 percent of older adults live in a food desert.
  • One in three older adults bypass daily medication to afford nutritional food.

In 2022 Thrive Alliance provided 12,945 meals to individuals over the age of 60 that attend our nutritional meal sites and 39,300 home deliver meals. The Older Americans funding that we receive on a year-to-year basis is decreasing and the need to provide nutritional, well-balance meals is increasing.