Coastside Hope partners with Second Harvest food bank on the second and fourth Monday of every month to provide groceries to over 100 seniors, many suffering from chronic health issues.
These elder Coastsiders come from all walks of life and are living at or below the poverty level.
They gather in the Senior Housing community center early to socialize. For some this is the highlight of their week. Many live alone and are unable to drive so this becomes a social event that they look forward to as well as a food distribution. The room is full of energy as caring volunteers set up tables. The volunteers stock the tables with food provided by Second Harvest, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The seniors line up and select the items that they want and express their gratitude as they fill their bags with groceries for the week.
Without the Brown Bag Program, many would be forced to choose between food and other necessities, such as medication or utilities.
“I love Brown Bag. I have diabetes and all the fresh fruit and vegetables help me to control my diabetes and not having to buy groceries helps me to afford my heart medication.”
– Virginia, age 87
“I have been coming to Brown Bag since it started.” When asked what she likes most about brown bag, Nina says “I like it all; seeing old friends, meeting new ones, the food. It’s all unexpectedly nice!”
– Nina, age 94