Thanksgiving Feast for ENCAP seniors brightens up the holiday season for those who are struggling.
(OMAHA, NE) ENCAP’s seniors may smile a little brighter this week. ENCAP is hosting its annual Senior Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 14. “This is one of our favorite events this time of year” said Aaron Bowen, ENCAP Executive Director. “Seniors currently receiving services through ENCAP will be treated to a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings” said Bowen. “It’s a great opportunity for our seniors who may be alone this holiday season to get together and enjoy food and fellowship.”
Census Bureau estimates show that there are more than 5,600 individuals age 65 or older living at or below 100% of the federal poverty level (annual income of $12,140 or less for a single individual) in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. “Seniors represent an especially vulnerable population related to food insecurity” said Bowen. Nearly 25% of those ENCAP serves are 55 years of age or older. Each month approximately 10,000 pounds of food (120,000 pounds of food annually) are distributed to vulnerable seniors in Douglas and Sarpy Counties through ENCAP’s Food and Nutrition Center. “Our hope is that by providing seniors access to nutritious food and support services that they able to remain more independent, feel less isolated, and experience decreased health challenges related to food insecurity.”
ENCAP is a non-profit community based organization that has been providing social and human services to people facing poverty since 1965. Major program areas include: Food and Nutrition Services, Family Development Services, Behavioral Health Services, and Transportation Services.