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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Low Income Seniors and Disabled People Can Turn to National Food Bank for Groceries

Seniors on low fixed incomes and disabled people who are struggling with high prescription costs and healthcare costs can turn to The National Food Bank for groceries. The national network of community locations providing groceries is called America's Second Harvest. Local warehouses have grocery supplies through the National Food Bank which are distributed at community locations.

To find a distribution center near you enter your zip code into the search box at the website for The National Food Bank, or search for your town plus "food bank."

The website explains that 5.9% of seniors,or 1.5 million households, struggle with "food insecurity." This term means when "access to food is limited by lack of money and other resources." Nearly 3 million seniors are served by the Food Bank each year.

As a caregiver I have seen many situations where a senior's refrigerator and cupboards were almost empty. In these cases I contacted the person's family members and local community resources to get a plan started, so these frail or disabled people would have groceries.

Meals that are delivered from Seniors Nutrition Programs are a big help also. Seniors Nutrition Programs in my area welcome a donation of $2.75 per meal but the donation is not required.

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