Green River Area Development District: Stop Senior Hunger

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) partnered with Independence Bank, Comfort Keepers, and Specialty Foods Group to coordinate the regional Stop Senior Hunger food drive. The drive primarily serves clients on waiting lists for home delivered meals a variety of shelf stable foods to help fill the client’s pantry for about a week. GRADD led the project partners in recruiting and communicating with clients, reaching out to grocery stores, recruiting volunteers, developing promotional materials, and coordinating delivery. In its first year, the food drive served nearly 300 people, and it has grown to serve 500 low-income older adults in seven counties in western Kentucky. The addition of cash contributions has helped provide additional groceries and allows the committee to make sure there are staple items in every delivery.

Jiten Shah, Executive Director: [email protected]

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