The Senior program at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) pairs Sacramento seniors from Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program with volunteers who provide companionship, emotional support and deliver nutritious groceries. To learn more about Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program, please click here.
SFBFS’ Senior program focuses on the importance of nutrition and social interaction for seniors who do not have families or friends nearby and have limited access to senior-oriented resources. The program strives to serve isolated seniors by empowering them to get involved in their community and access services and programs that will help them maintain their independence, become more active and healthy, and build relationships with their volunteer visitors. In return, volunteers are rewarded with the knowledge that their time and efforts greatly increase the happiness and health of each senior they work with.
Senior community members can expect regular visits from a volunteer specifically assigned to them based on compatibility. In some cases, seniors will be matched with children age 10 and up with a parent to encourage mutigenerational relationships. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides support and training to volunteers before and after they enter the program, as well as referrals for the seniors to existing resources geared to meeting needs that fall outside of the scope of the Senior program.
- If you are interested in volunteering for the Senior program, click here for more informaiton. Individuals 18 and older and families with children 10 years and older are encouraged to participate in the program. The program requires a one year commitment with a minimum of two visits per month.