Elderly forced to choose between food and medication

For many people, there’s nothing sweeter than reflecting on fond memories of visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It was a comforting place filled with the familiar smell of soft cookies and homemade cooking, toasty temperatures and wonderful stories of days gone by.

Sadly, a different picture emerges for many seniors today – cupboards are bare and bank accounts are drained. Rising healthcare costs have begun to exceed the elderly populations’ fixed income and many are now forced to choose between life-saving medications and food. Experts predict that this is a problem that will continue to grow. As a result, more and more seniors are turning to food banks for help.

Travis Credit Union proudly supports the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. It provides groceries twice a month for needy seniors, and relies heavily on contributions from a variety of nonprofit organizations to get food to seniors that need it most. Last year, more than 1.3 million pounds of food went to senior citizens who participated in this program.

“I GOT TO A POINT WHERE I COULD NOT USE MY HANDS FOR EMPLOYMENT,” HE SHARED. “ONCE THE SALARY STOPPED, MY LIFE COMPLETELY CHANGED.”

In addition to supporting the wonderful efforts of the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano, Travis works with a number of food banks in the 12 counties we serve. Each Travis branch has a food barrel which allows members to conveniently drop off non-perishable food items. When the barrel is full, we deliver your food donations to the nearest food bank. Last year, with the help of our members, we provided 10,446 meals, equaling 12,560 pounds of food to support local families in need.

Interested in learning more about the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Senior Food Program? Visit their website at www.foodbankccs.org. Don’t forget to drop off food throughout the year at any Travis branch.

Together, we help people live better and give better.

www.foodbankccs.org