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Food Program Expands to Help Struggling Seniors

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A new program is expanding outside of Tulsa beginning today to help meet the needs of hungry seniors in Oklahoma.

 

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is kicking off its new Senior Servings program today in Osage and Nowata Counties. The program is a joint effort with AARP Oklahoma to help identify seniors in Oklahoma struggling with hunger.

 

Two food distributions will take place today in both counties with approximately 50 seniors identified and pre-registered at each site, according to a press release from the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

 

The first distribution will take place in Pawhuska at the Osage County Nutrition/Cedar Ridge Site beginning at 9:30 am. Organizers will then travel to the second site at the Nowata Senior Citizens Center and begin distribution at 2 pm.

 

Several dignitaries have been invited to attend the distributions in each county including Pawhuska's Mayor Roger Taylor and Nowata's Mayor Jim Patton. Representatives from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other town board members also will be present.

 

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma serves 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma including Osage and Nowata counties, according to the press release. The food bank's two most vulnerable populations within their service area include senior and children.

 

In Oklahoma, 6.8 percent of seniors are food insecure which makes older Oklahomans 25 percent more likely to be food insecure than the national average, according to Feeding America, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight to end hunger in the U.S.

 

A recent study conducted by Feeding America also reported that 45.4 percent of eastern Oklahomans had to choose between food and medical care, according to the study.

 

AARP Oklahoma is partnering with the food bank on a six month plan that has resulted in the Senior Servings program, according to the press release.

 

Following today's food distributions in Osage and Nowata counties, the food bank will provide the program beginning October 1 and every other Monday going forward to both facilities.

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