Lowcountry Food Bank delivers food to needy seniors

By Gregory

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- At Joseph Floyd Manor, Tuesday is a day Janie Cobbett has been waiting for.

"I signed up at the front desk and got up early this morning to come down," said Cobbett, who lives in the public housing facility.

Cobbett and 40 others were up bright and early waiting on the Lowcountry Food Bank.

"Oh, when the food truck comes you'll see I'll be moving," said Kenneth Gathers, who also lives at the facility.

On Tuesday morning, the Lowcountry Food Bank delivered hundreds of boxes of food to five different senior living facilities. Forty boxes were delivered to Joseph Manor.

"People don't realize how much hunger does affect the elderly in our community," said Holly Shinn, a representative of the Lowcountry Food Bank. "We tend to think of them as almost an invisible population facing hunger because they are not always apt to speak up about their needs."

According to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, South Carolina ranks 10th in nation for having seniors who face hunger problems every day, which is why the nonprofit started the Senior Grocery Program.

"This program is fairly new; it's roughly about a year old, and we are happy to have it in our arsenal to fight against hunger," said Shinn.

Many of the residents at Joseph Floyd Manor were also happy about the program, including Cobbett.

"I am unable to work and on a fixed income at the moment, so this helps out a lot," said Cobbett.

"I used to get $200 food stamps and now I only get $52, so this helps me make ends meet," said James Simmons, who also lives at the facility.

In the box was enough food to last a week: spaghetti, string beans, fruit, and a host of other food items.

"I'm ready for dinner now," said Gathers. "I'm going to make some vegetables, rice, with barbeque chicken and a little macaroni on the side."

As for Cobbett, she is just thankful for the Lowcountry Food Bank.

"I'm grateful, I truly am to be blessed with this food. All I can say is thank you," she said.

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves 200,000 people a year; 20,000 of those people are seniors.

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