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Local agencies partner to 'Feed Seniors Now'

According to the Meals on Wheels Association of America,' nearly one in six senior citizens is at risk of hunger, representing an 88% increase over the past decade.

To combat these statistics, local agencies are once again partnering to sponsor the "Feed Seniors Now" food drive, running from March 16 through April 13.

Corresponding with Volunteer Appreciation Month, groceries will be delivered by community volunteers on April 25.

Independence Bank, Comfort Keepers, Kentucky Legend and Green River Area Development District (GRADD) are seeking to rally community support to feed low-income individuals in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio and Webster counties.

"Hunger is a silent epidemic among seniors nationwide and in our local communities," said Kyle Aud, Independence Bank Senior Vice President of Daviess County. "Through this campaign, we strive to positively impact the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors."

Nonperishable food items may be dropped off at area Kroger and IGA supermarkets, as well as other locations, including Independence Bank, Comfort Keepers, GRADD and local senior centers in participating counties.

Those wishing to make a monetary donation can mail a check to:

The Independence Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 988
Owensboro, KY 42302
Attention: "Feed Seniors Now"

Please designate county in the memo section.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the food drive.

"Feed Seniors Now' is a national effort of Comfort Keepers to raise public awareness and combat this crisis," said Levi Reames, Comfort Keepers of Owensboro owner. "We appreciate the support of our many partners, especially Kentucky Legend and Canteen Service Company."

Since its inception in 2011, this area food drive has netted over 20 tons of food, providing meals for more than 1,932 seniors.

"Aging citizens face numerous challenges, including health and financial support," said Kevin Clark, Director of Human Resources for Kentucky Legend. "We support this program with the goal of ensuring that each recipient receives the adequate assistance needed.

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

"This is a vital project because we have dozens of residents in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, and Webster counties on our home delivered meals waiting list," said Jennifer Williams, GRADD Associate Director for Aging & Social Services. "Nearly one-third of our aging services clients tell us they have to choose between food and paying for medical care or utilities."

For more details about contributing to the "Feed Seniors Now" food drive or to refer a senior who may need assistance, click here.

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(This story was originally published on April 25, 2018)  


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