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Blue Cross, Blue Shield gives $11,000 to NEA Food Bank to help seniors

 

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  Over 40 Region 8 seniors won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from thanks to Arkansas Blue Cross, Blue Shield.

An $11,000 grant was awarded to the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas from the Blue and You Foundation. The money will be used to take 45 seniors off the "Senior Pack" program waiting list.       
Vicki Pillow with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas said, "We have one of the highest rates of senior hunger and unfortunately, senior citizens many times will not ask for help until they get down to two cans of food in the food pantry. So, this grant is so fabulous for us to be able to help the senior citizens at risk of hunger."

"Senior citizens are used to doing things for themselves. They grew up in the generation where you take care of yourself. So, it's very hard for them to go out and actually ask for help," Pillow said.

A study by Feeding America shows that 3 million of our country's seniors are forced to choose between paying their rent, utilities or food.

 

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