Next to children, older adults are most vulnerable to hunger. Limited mobility makes certain life tasks — such as shopping for groceries — more difficult, and many older adults live on a tight budget that makes paying for rent, medications, AND healthy food next to impossible.
We’re senior hunger and malnutrition warriors. We fight for our seniors because every aspect of successful aging and independent living rests on their nutrition.”
— Rose Clifford, Iona Nutrition Program Manager
Iona’s food programs work hard to eliminate senior hunger in DC — where one in five older adults are hungry — by ensuring our older neighbors have access to nutritious meals, and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Our food programs include:
- Home Delivered Weekday and Weekend Meals
Through the support of the DC Office on Aging, Iona offers nutritious and well-balanced hot and cold meals to older adults 60+ living in our service area (Ward 3, and parts of Wards 2 and 4) on weekdays and weekends. Meals can accommodate a variety of diets, including vegetarian, kidney and renal, and pureed. To learn more about eligibility, contact our Helpline here.
- Nutrition Supplements
Liquid high calorie and high protein nutrition supplements are available to eligible older adults 60+ living in our service area (Ward 3, and parts of Wards 2 and 4) to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. To learn more about eligibility, contact our Helpline here.
- Emergency Food Pantry
When an emergency occurs — whether an accident or natural disaster — knowing where the next meal will come from should be the least of our clients’ concerns. In order to be that safety net, Iona keeps an Emergency Food Pantry stocked with shelf-stable food items, including: whole grain cold and hot cereals, peanut and other nut or seed butters, low-sodium canned and packaged cup soups, canned beef stew and other shelf-stable entrée items, crackers, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned beans, and canned tuna, salmon, and chicken. For information on donating shelf-stable food items to our Emergency Food Pantry, please contact Jakia Muhammad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 895-9408, or Rose Clifford at email@example.com or (202) 895-0247.
- Farm-to-Table Program
Through Iona’s Farm-to-Table Program, we provide fresh and local produce to older adults for free. Our process is simple. Throughout the week, Iona gleaners visit our partner DC farmers’ markets and collect any produce that did not sell. Then, we distribute the food at two Iona market locations: the Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s and Regency House, the only public housing for older adults in Ward 3.At our markets, we also share recipes that feature the week’s vegetables or fruits, organize cooking demonstrations, and provide other resources and information on food accessibility programs for seniors. In addition to making nutritious food more accessible to older adults, Iona’s Farm-to-Table program also fights food waste in our local food system by recovering produce that would have otherwise been discarded. For more information about the Farm-to-Table Program, download our 2016 impact infographic.
- Iona’s Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s
Come for the lunch, and stay for the fun! Iona’s Active Wellness Program at St. Alban’s is held weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM on the grounds of the National Cathedral. It is a free program for active older adults 60+, and includes a heart-healthy and nutritious hot meal served daily at noon. Click here for more information on the Active Wellness Program.