After more than a month of food donations, hundreds of western Kentucky seniors got groceries this morning as the Green River Area Development District held their annual food drive to help seniors in need.
The bags carried things you can find in any kitchen. They were carried by volunteers, from Owensboro Christian Church to homes of seniors in six western Kentucky counties.
“It helps out. It really does,” says Betty Wardrip of Owensboro, who was one of the more than 500 seniors getting groceries delivered to her door step. Her friends referred her to GRADD’s Feed Seniors Now program. Wardrip says it helps keep her pantry, and those of her friends, full.
“I can make it, but it’s just something that, for someone that’s my age that can’t get out like they should, it helps out,” she says.
“A lot of times, it’s either they buy groceries or do without their medicine, vice versa, so there is a need out there for groceries because everything is so expensive,” adds Rita Gazell, a data services coordinator with GRADD, who helped deliver groceries this morning.
The food was collected from donations at grocery stores and other businesses. Kim Wells of GRADD says food insecurity among seniors is a growing problem in western Kentucky, and can lead to other issues.
“As we go on, I think we’re finding more and more seniors that are in need of food. They have food insecurities. We have a waiting list in most of our counties for our home delivered meals,” says Wells. Wells also predicts more seniors may need this program in the future. For now, seniors like Wardrip say they’re thankful for the current help.
“That is great. Really great,” says Wardrip, when asked about the groceries she got this morning.
(This story was originally published on October 22, 2019)