“Eliminating age as a factor in food security in our community."

12.5% of Washtenaw County community members are 60+ years old. This number is expected to rise to 22% by 2020. (

On average, over 70% of adults over the age of 50 need to travel more than 1 mile to purchase groceries and/or healthy food. Such distances can be problematic for those that are frail or are without transportation.

In Washtenaw County, over 15% of adults over the age of 65 do not have a vehicle and over 50% of seniors that rent do not have a vehicle. These limitations make it difficult to have access to healthy food and other resources.

Getting older is hard. As community members age, the number of factors that can create food instability increases dramatically. Often times with increased age comes increased medical difficulties and costs, decreased mobility and access to resources, and unstable financial security. All of these factors can contribute to the difficulty of securing basic necessities like nutritious food and consistent housing. Unfortunately, it is this valuable part of our community that often gets overlooked and is under-resourced.