Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative health and Human Services

First Advisor

Ruth Rodriguez

Second Advisor

Katie Alba


Food insecurity among the senior population is a social problem that can cause malnutrition, chronic conditions, and death. CHISPA Housing Management and Community Services is a non-profit organization that builds low-income senior housing in Monterey County and provides senior hot lunches to its residents. The causes of food insecurity are a lack of income, chronic conditions, and transportation issues. The consequences of food insecurity are the deterioration of their physical and mental health. This capstone project is an assessment that consists of gathering data on the residents who reside at the Los Abuelitos Townhome housing rather than taking advantage of the food security services offered. Surveying questions would assess who participated in on-site and off-site services and who still needed assistance with food insecurity resources. The total number of respondents shows that 96.2% of the senior population at this site is taking advantage of the senior lunch program and food bank distribution. A good recommendation for CHISPA Community Services is to follow up with partner organizations to solve the transportation issue for those who need it. Establishing a sound transportation system will benefit all residents as a community and will fulfill CHISPA's mission statement of building healthy neighborhoods.