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Do you know what food insecurity looks like for older adults in our community?

It looks like seniors on social security skipping meals.

It looks like Cal Berkeley graduates relying on free lunch programs.

It looks like seniors in transitional housing playing bingo for free bread.

It looks like veterans depending on food stamps.


Food insecurity affects seniors from all walks of life. Give now to support vulnerable seniors.

Alameda County is a notoriously pricey area with a vast income disparity. Thousands of elderly adults, many of whom have worked hard their whole lives, now lack access to affordable, nutritious food. Most are limited by a lack of money, transportation, or hindered by a disability.

At St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, Spectrum provides a donation-based nutritional lunch for seniors. Monday through Friday, seniors of all backgrounds join together to eat a healthy, hot meal. For Korean and Vietnam War vets, grandmothers, former teachers, and low-income seniors, this is the only nutritious meal they’ll eat in their day – or even the week.

Seniors can count on reliable, nutritious food to be served each day at St. Mary’s Center. Without proper nutrition seniors are at risk of jeopardizing their immune systems and developing chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. St. Mary’s is just one example of the 25 sites where Spectrum provides healthy, well balanced meals for seniors.

Our seniors deserve to age with dignity. Every $10 you donate provides one nutritious meal for a food-insecure senior. Please go to to donate online.

Through your support seniors can rely on Spectrum to serve robust, nutritional meals five days a week at the same locations. This sense of security is priceless to seniors lacking a reliable source of nutrition.

Your gift will go directly to feeding Alameda County’s at-risk seniors. Supporting nutritional programs is vital to ensuring our seniors can age in health and dignity.

Spectrum’s mission is to improve the health and safety of seniors and low-income residents in Alameda County by enhancing their quality of life and helping them age at home with dignity.
We support this mission through all of our programs: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, Low-Income Weatherization Assistance, Fall Prevention, Senior Meals, and Meals on Wheels.