An increasing number of seniors are turning to food banks/pantries to help stretch their budgets and obtain healthy food. Among the senior households served by the Feeding America network of food banks across this country, 63% have indicated that they are forced to choose between food and medical care.
Food banks/pantries thus represent a key partner in helping older adults enroll into public benefits. Join us on March 15 for a webinar that looks more closely at how the aging network can collaborate with food banks to reach vulnerable seniors. A representative from Feeding America will talk about their network of food banks, who they serve, and how to get connected, while representatives from the MIPPA grantee in Tennessee will highlight some successes in forging partnerships with food banks to find low-income Medicare beneficiaries missing out on benefits.
About the presenters
Hollie Baker-Lutz joined Feeding America as Senior Program Associate in 2017 after serving at a network food bank for nearly seven years. She oversees strategies for solving senior hunger including member grants, nutrition programs, public benefits and advocacy, and strategic partnerships. She earned her MA in Gender & Women’s Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, and holds BA degrees in Sociology and Philosophy from Elmhurst College. She recently relocated to Washington, DC from the Midwest with her husband, Nate, and a pug named Amelia.
Kelsey Hagewood was born and raised in Pennsylvania and came south to Tennessee for college. She graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Kelsey began working for TN SHIP in Southwest TN immediately after graduating. Working with the elder population is one of her greatest passions and the TN SHIP gives her the incredible opportunity to work one-on-one with the seniors in the community to offer unbiased Medicare information and counseling.