See our current  long-term food security plan below.

Sustainable Food Access Plan for Seniors

Plans for longer-term solutions to food insecurity are already underway. There are three major components.

1. Community Health Promoters

EHD is training resident leaders to encourage COVID-19 prevention measures, promote health education, and connect people to resources. These Community Health Promoters will receive a stipend for their service through September, thanks to a grant from the Duke-Durham Fund.

We need donations to continue to bolster their efforts for community health beyond September.

2. Access to Information and Resources

EHD has joined with local agencies to help older adults bridge the digital divide so they can order groceries, find resources, and communicate with family and friends.

For those who cannot use a smart phone, tablet, or computer, we will continue to send newsletters with updates on COVID-19 and information on food and other resources.

3.Improved Access to Grocery Stores

EHD is exploring ways to improve seniors’ access to grocery stores. This could include volunteer drivers, better information about existing public transit services, special bus service for seniors to grocery stores, or assistance with ordering groceries for delivery. 

Senior Meal Delivery

1. Support for low-income seniors and disabled

We deliver healthy meals to over 900 older adults and adults with disabilities living in low income housing complexes. View our weekly update on the meals delivery program.

2. Support for locally owned businesses

We are proud to partner with these locally owned caterers to provide the meals. Click on their logo to visit their websites.  

Southern Harvest

3. Delivery of hard-to-find hygiene supplies and masks

Essential items like bath tissue, soap, and disinfectants have been scarce. With help from staff of Duke’s Community Outreach office and student volunteers, we’ve made deliveries to the 16 sites we serve plus the Durham Center for Senior Life.