Senior Programs

Senior Programs

As the senior population continues to grow, so does the number of older Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Many seniors also face a unique set of health risks, including high blood pressure and diabetes. NTFB works to ensure that these seniors have access to nutritious foods that meet their health needs through two primary programs. 

*According to a study released by Feeding America, 13.6% of seniors in Texas struggle with food insecurity. Seniors living in the South are also more likely to experience food insecurity than seniors living in other parts of the country.

For information about "The Silver Tsunami in North Texas" study that NTFB supported,
click here.

People and Nutrition (PAN) program 
In 2000, NTFB became the first Commodities Supplemental Food Program (known locally as People and Nutrition, or PAN) distributor in Texas. The program provides monthly food packages to low-income senior citizens who meet certain requirements. Each month, 8,000 participants receive an estimated 28 pounds of USDA commodities at 110 PAN distribution sites in Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Hunt, Kaufman, Delta, and Rockwall counties. PAN is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas Department of Agriculture and NTFB.

How to sign up for the PAN Program
View NTFB PAN distribution sites

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Nourishing Neighbors
Nourishing Neighbors is a NTFB program to address the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – America's growing aging population who are hungry. Nourishing Neighbors is a nutritionally focused supplemental food program that provides a variety of staple items and fresh produce and is delivered by a volunteer every two weeks. The program targets qualified homebound individuals age 50 and over who have challenges leaving their home. The goal of Nourishing Neighbors is to foster independence for the homebound, and minimize choosing between medical care and buying food while building caring relationships between volunteers and seniors. Last year, the program served 175 homebound seniors and mature adults with disabilities. In addition to the food they received, NTFB also provided pet food for 48 seniors with four-legged friends.

For more information about enrolling in Nourishing Neighbors, call 214-367-3122 or email


Volunteer to deliver food to seniors through Nourishing Neighbors


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