Nourishing Neighbors sends food to homebound seniors

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 5:53 PM

DALLAS -- Barbara Harriott, 73, finds shopping downright painful.

"My back is very weak,” says Harriott. “Walking can be pretty bad some times."

Since she can’t get to the grocery store very easily, the groceries come to her. 

Twice a month, volunteers with the North Texas Food Bank deliver wholesome food to homebound seniors. It's a new program called Nourishing Neighbors.

"Nourishing Neighbors is a home delivery program for seniors that are independent, but able to cook,” explains Jan Pruitt, president and ceo of the North Texas Food Bank. “And what it does is give extra food items, supplemental food, so that seniors will have enough food to make it through the month."

Nearly 500,000 North Texans are considered “food insecure.” One in eight people served by the North Texas Food Bank is over the age of 65. Many have to choose between food and medicine.

Food bank officials say seniors are often too embarrassed to ask for help, even though hunger in the second half of life is a growing problem.

“Everybody’s appreciative,” says Bridgette Ball, a volunteer who delivers the groceries. “For some people, this is all they have got.”

Barbara Harriott has a granddaughter and great granddaughter living with her.

"It makes a big difference to me,” admits Harriott of the extra food. She is grateful for every healthy morsel.

Call 214-367-3122 or go here for more information on Nourishing Neighbors, and tune in to the Outnumber Hunger benefit concert airing on WFAA at 7 p.m. It will also be streamed live on WFAA.com.

E-mail: jjames@wfaa.com

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