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WHAT: CONVOY OF H.O.P.E. – A convoy of Treasure Coast Food Bank trucks carrying 3,200 boxes of nutritious food for Treasure Coast seniors.

WHERE: Departing from Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, and heading to locations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

WHY: Seniors are the fastest-growing population facing food insecurity as Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement age, and more than 18,000 seniors on the Treasure Coast struggle to have enough nutritious food for a healthy lifestyle.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank supplies food boxes to 3,200 senior households through annual Convoy of H.O.P.E.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. Jan. 16, 2020 – Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Convoy of H.O.P.E. will roll out on Thursday, Jan. 23, destined for seniors across the Treasure Coast who struggle with hunger year-round.

This marks the 5th year that the convoy of Treasure Coast Food Bank trucks will depart its Fort Pierce headquarters. This year, the four trucks will be carrying a total of 3,200 boxes of nutritious food for area seniors, the fastest-growing population facing food insecurity.

“Many of our seniors who live on fixed incomes and who struggle year-round need some added help to get healthy, nutritious food,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “There are more than 18,000 food-insecure seniors living in the four counties we serve, and as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement and the difficulty of living on a fixed income, we expect to see that number increase.

“This year will be especially difficult for those receiving SNAP benefits,” Cruz added. “They will see their monthly benefits reduced by an average of $68 because of new SNAP rules going into effect in April.” Cruz will share more about senior hunger at a 2 p.m. press conference preceding the convoy’s departure.

The Convoy of H.O.P.E. – or Healthy Options Program for the Elderly– is one of several Treasure Coast Food Bank programs that targets senior hunger. It is a critical need considering that:

  • Florida’s seniors have a higher rate of food insecurity than the national average
  • Food insecurity among Florida Baby Boomers ages 50-59 is higher than the national average
  • More than 18,000 seniors in the area served by Treasure Coast Food Bank are food-insecure
  • Food-insecure seniors live in both rural and urban pockets across the Treasure Coast.

Each box contains food that seniors can prepare easily for themselves and that contribute to a healthy diet for seniors. Those foods include beans, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, apple juice, peanut butter, and low-sugar snacks. The boxes also will contain some nutrition education and recipes.

Nearly 30 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, the Salvation Army in Okeechobee, and Kane Center in Martin County.

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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.