Food pantry develops program to help elderly

Trumann food pantry helps the elderly
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The Trumann Food Pantry is reaching out to senior citizens in the community who might be going without food.

Terri Dunham, the manager of the food pantry, said they started a program a few years ago to fight senior citizen hunger.

"Some of them have just enough money to pay bills," Dunham said. "This will at least hold them over until food stamps or other sources of income come in."

Citizen Rosie Thompson relies on the program. She explained the pantry keeps her from going without food.

"When I pay my bills I don't have enough money left, so I go to the food pantry," Thompson said. "They help me out and if it wasn't for the food pantry, I'd be in bad shape."

Dunham said many others could be in need because they are too afraid to ask for help.

"We are trying to see if we can locate more of them," Dunham said. "If they are home bound, we will bring a box to them."

The program allows elderly people in need of assistance to receive one week's worth of food once a month.

Dunham said everything is confidential and the only requirements are a state identification and an electric bill.

Anyone needing assistance can call the pantry at (870) 483-1118 or (870) 273-6048.

They are open Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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