18% of seniors in North carolina face the threat of hunger.

Grocery Bags for Seniors supplements the fixed income of older adults through door-to-door distribution of fresh produce and groceries. 

Food Shuttle volunteers pack almost 1,900 grocery bags a month with fresh produce and groceries and deliver them to numerous senior housing communities. When it comes to getting enough good food to eat, seniors face unique challenges: lack of access to transportation, functional limitations, and health problems.  


  • Grocery bags include fresh produce, whole grains, milk, and a protein which can provide up to 8 nutritious meals.

  • Healthy recipes and produce information cards are packed in the bags as well.


  • Food Shuttle volunteers pack grocery bags full of fruits and vegetables, as well as shelf-stable food options, all fit for a senior diet.

  • The Food Shuttle then delivers more than 1,900 bags a month to almost 30 low-income consolidated living areas and apartment complexes within Wake and Durham Counties.


  • 30% of households with seniors served by Feeding America indicated that they have had to choose between paying for food or paying for medical care.

  • A 2014 study at UNC reported that over half of patients aged 65+ who are seen at UNC hospitals are found to be malnourished.

  • Food insecure seniors are twice as likely to report fair or poor health status.

  • Between 2014 and 2034, North Carolina's 65+ population will almost double from 1.5 to 2.5 million, according to the North Carolina County Aging Profiles. As this number grows, the need only increases.