stop senior hunger 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/25/13) – One in seven senior citizens is at risk of hunger—representing a 78 percent increase over the past decade—according to the 2012 “Senior Hunger Report Card” compiled by the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

To combat troubling statistics like these, five local agencies are once again partnering to sponsor the “Stop Senior Hunger” food drive, running March 26 through April 30.

GRADD, Independence Bank, Comfort Keepers, Specialty Foods Group and Canteen are seeking to rally community support to feed at least 500 low-income individuals in Daviess and Hancock counties.

“Hunger is a silent epidemic among seniors nationwide and in our local communities,” said Independence Bank president Darrell Higginbotham.

Nonperishable food items may be dropped off at area Kroger, Hometown IGA and Bill’s IGA supermarkets, as well as local senior centers, Independence Bank, Comfort Keepers and GRADD.

Those wishing to make a monetary donation may also mail a check to: Independence Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 988, Owensboro, KY 42302. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit the food drive.

“‘Stop Senior Hunger’ is a national effort of Comfort Keepers to bring awareness to this crisis in our communities,” said Comfort Keepers of Owensboro owner Levi Reames. “We sincerely appreciate our partners, especially Kroger and IGA, for their support again this year.”

Last year’s food drive netted over seven tons of food—enough to feed 505 seniors for approximately one week.

Local seniors who have an income at 150 percent of the federal poverty level or who are currently receiving public assistance are also eligible to obtain food through this initiative.

“This project is desperately needed because we have 335 Daviess and Hancock county residents on our home delivered meals waiting list,” said GRADD contracts manager Jeanette Woodward. “Nearly one-third of our aging services clients report having to choose between food and paying for medical care or utilities.”

For more details about contributing to the “Stop Senior Hunger” food drive or to refer a senior who may need assistance, please visit www.GRADD.com/StopSeniorHunger or call (800) 928-9093.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Woody Maglinger
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 30, 2015 7388

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6633

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 2913

Greenville Man Charged with Rockport Robbery,…

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 2642

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 2566

KSP Seeks Public Help in Locating Wanted Man

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11404

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9642

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

June 02, 2015 2232

Woman Charged with Falsely Reporting Kidnapping

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1856

Traffic Signal at Intersection in Downtown…

by Keith Todd
June 02, 2015 1772

Two Muhlenberg Women Injured in Collision

by SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1608

Juveniles Accused of Falsely Reporting Masked…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
June 02, 2015 1410

South Main Accident Slows Northbound Traffic

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1357

Hopkins County Misdemeanor Indictments

by SurfKY News
June 03, 2015 1299

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – June 3, 2015

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
June 01, 2015 1294

Human Relations Coordinator Identifies Possible…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1155

Pennyrile Soap Box Derby Hosts 34 Competitors

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 02, 2015 1121

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News