Senior Produce Boxes in Burlington

Milestones’ Senior Produce Box pilot project is designed to reduce food insecurity for seniors living in the Burlington/West Burlington area from July through September 2017. It’s a community effort composed of Milestones Area Agency on Aging, First Presbyterian Church, Gerst Family Gardens, Burlington Farmer’s Market and others who want to donate fresh produce or their time to help sort and deliver produce to participating seniors.

This fresh produce will benefit Iowa seniors age 60+ who are at risk of hunger and food insecurity. Data shows that Iowans and seniors consume some of the lowest quantities of produce in the nation. This project helps seniors who would otherwise have to decide between medications and food.

Donations to the project can come from family farms, church gardens, community gardens, farmers’ markets, home gardeners, and grocery stores. Produce collection days are Thursday afternoons from 1-4 pm at Milestones Area Agency on Aging, 509 Jefferson St. Burlington, IA. Please call ahead to arrange for drop–off.

Milestones is looking for volunteers to help sort, box and deliver the collected produce to seniors. For more information call, email or text: Lynda Murray, RDN, Milestones’ Fresh Conversations Coordinator, (319) 759-2532 or LyndaM306@aim.com Download a flyer here.

The Senior Produce Box is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department on Aging and Milestones Area Agency on Aging. SNAP-Ed funds support planning and coordination.