Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Human Health Services with an emphasis in Social Work


CHISPA is a non profit organization that is located downtown of Salinas, California within Monterey County. Their mission is to improve people’s lives and create healthy neighborhoods by developing, selling, owning and managing affordable homes for low income families and senior citizens. Within the senior citizen housing they have a program that is known as the lunch program that provides meals Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The main property that I focused on was Los Abuelitos Senior Housing. For my capstone project I came up with a questionnaire that helped me figure out what they eat, whether or not they want the program to keep running and figured out why these seniors felt isolated. The contributing factors would be the lack of access to good food, mobility, and mental health. The consequences to these contributing factors would be starvation, elderly abuse and/or death, and illnesses. Throughout this process some of the findings that came to surface were sometimes the meals from the program that the seniors would eat would be their only meal of the day, the lack of transportation, and a lot of the seniors have financial issues. The recommendation would be for CHISPA to have the food banks deliver food every two weeks to seniors' doors. This would help by providing free food to the seniors and not having them leave their house or worry about having to miss a meal because they can’t afford it.