Food Insecurity and seniors.

Food Insecurity and seniors.

What struck me most about my talk with Marcia Crenshaw (from Forest Park in Springfield) was how she stressed the importance of being an ‘active’ participant in addressing food insecurity. She acknowledges that much more can be done to address senior food insecurity. For example, if either transportation or one nutritious meal a day were free, her limited budget could go further. However, she also says seniors need to educate themselves on how to purchase nutritious foods in appropriate quantities – “a little research” can stretch the dollar as well.

As far as senior food insecurity goes, she made two interesting observations. 1) It’s an adjustment to plan once you are on a fixed income – especially if the modest increases in that income don’t keep up with the price of food. 2) You need to watch out for people taking advantage of your situation. She described a time when a “friend” offered to take her out for grocery shopping but then expected a significant payment after the trip was over. She has since learned to be clear about expectations before any “favors” are offered.

Watch the video below to see how she answers a question about senior food insecurity and shame: