Margaret, who is in her seventies, helped her husband farm for shares when he was alive. Now she survives on just over $400 a month in Social Security. When she can find the work and her health allows, she cleans houses to supplement her Social Security income. At times, she must choose between food and medications, rent or gas.Margaret’s story is increasingly common throughout the country and throughout Northeast Tennessee.
Feeding America has conducted extensive research on the issue and reported that the number of older adults is projected to increase by 36% over the next decade. They also cite the fact that seniors are more likely to go hungry if they live in a southern state. This finding is the due to the fact that southern states have rural areas with less access to communication and transportation networks than urban/metro areas.
Second Harvest Food Bank is well aware of this situation and has decided to take action through its Mobile Food Pantry program. Bags of healthy, nutritious foods are distributed to needy seniors and families. In fact, Mobile Food Pantry currently assists 470 seniors per month via its 33 sites. For more information on the Mobile Food Pantry program, you may go to the Food Bank’s website or contact Austin Phillips at 423.477.4053, x. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.