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Grey Bears

Grey Bears

Organization Mission

Grey Bears improves the health and well being of seniors through food distribution, volunteerism and community participation. Our vision is that all seniors live healthy, meaningful lives.

The Big Idea:
Brown Bag Program

After a devastating fire in 2014, construction is underway on a new 3,000-square-foot thrift store at our Chanticleer campus. The profits from our thrift store, electronics store and bookstore fund the Brown Bag Program: A bag of fresh produce and healthy staples is delivered weekly to 4,200 low-income seniors (1,000 are homebound). That adds up to 2 million meals each year. 

From the simple act of sharing garden produce with senior neighbors in 1973, Grey Bears has grown into one of the most resourceful food distribution and recycling nonprofits in the U.S. Local, vital and multifaceted, our programs sustain seniors, our community and our environment.

I am so happy to be a part of Grey Bears. You helped me so much after my hip surgery. I was not allowed to drive for a month and had no one to bring me groceries. Your volunteers delivered a brown bag to my doorstep and visited with me. I received good, nutritious food and friendship right here at home when I needed it most. I will always be so grateful! Thank you Grey Bears!

— Candace Dekkert