Senior Food Insecurity Program
- Field of Interest:
Founded in 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center operates nine facilities that provide holistic, responsive programming for 35,000 low-income, racially and ethnically diverse LGBTQ individuals annually. The center’s services include a federally qualified health center providing primary, HIV/AIDS, transgender, mental health, sexual health, and addiction-recovery care; social services and housing placement for seniors, homeless youth, and transgender community members; legal services and advocacy for policy reform; and cultural arts initiatives. Senior Services Department staff provide culturally competent case management, housing navigation, employment assistance, monthly activities, and food support to older adults who visit the Weinberg Senior Center as well as to residents of the Senior Center’s two adjoining affordable housing sites.
To expand older adults' access to the LGBTQ Senior Food Insecurity Program, Food to Thrive, including for 50 - 59 year old beneficiaries, a population that is not covered by government funding due to the classification of seniors as 60+ in the Older Americans Act. With the support of this grant, over three years, an additional 530 older adults will receive hot meals prepared daily, 500 will have access to the Senior Pride Pantry and farmer's market programs, and 100 will receive assistance securing or renewing CalFresh benefits.