Fellowship, like a hot meal, provides comfort.
Roland waits by the door, watching for his friend’s truck. Every second Thursday at noon they pick him up and drive him the five country miles into town.
He keeps a tidy house and pays a man to mow his lawn because some things have gotten too hard to do on his own. Money is tight living off Social Security, but he always finds a way to pay the five dollars.
At 76 years old, Roland still grows a few tomatoes, but his days of growing a half acre of crowder peas and other staples are past. Now Roland’s granddaughter must drive him nearly an hour away to get to a proper grocery store with vegetables, but helping with the gas money eats into what little grocery money he has.
So every other Thursday, Roland rides with his friends to the local food pantry to collect a box of food, including fresh vegetables and even meat. After a stroke a few years back, he was put on medications that have strict instructions on what he is and is not to eat. The food pantry allows him to get the oatmeal, fruit and greens his doctor insists on.
The food pantry also serves a meal, so Roland has dressed up in a hat and boots. He has his guitar waiting by the door, and he hopes to play some tunes at the community meal, laugh and see some old friends.
Fellowship, like a hot meal, can also offer comfort.
Senior food insecurity gets far less attention than child food insecurity, despite the fact that seniors and older adults are fast becoming one of North Carolina’s most at risk populations for hunger.
Roland and other senior’s age 65 and older are a rising 10% of the population served by Second Harvest Food Bank. That number jumps to 30% when including those age 50 and over seeking food through our network of over 460 programs across 18 counties. The national average is 17%.
With the support of donors like you we will never stop working to fight hunger until it is a thing of the past.
Roland’s granddaughter sees the difference that nutritious food makes for her grandfather. He’s not driving a tractor anymore, but he’s energetic and still cooking meals. It eases her mind to see him healthy, independent and active in his own home.
Would you please consider a generous gift of $25, $50 or more to the Second Harvest Food Bank to help Roland and so many other seniors and older adults here in Northwest North Carolina gain access to the food they need?
You can make your secure donation here.
Thank you, in advance, for helping us feed those who need our help.