Northland seniors take advantage of NAPS

By KBJR News 1

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- Once a month for the last five years, Carolyn Hill has stood in line to receive a box of food at the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

"It has been the difference between having food on my plate or going to bed hungry," said Carolyn Hill.

Hill is just one of over 800 Northland seniors who receive a supplemental supply of food as part of the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS.)

The "Solve Senior Hunger" campaign was recently launched by Feeding America to raise awareness about senior hunger.

"It's often those that are forgotten because people don't think of seniors being hungry," said Shaye Moris, Executive Director for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

She said the number of seniors needing food has quadrupled in the last five years.

Many seniors, like Hill, say the box of food gives them a balanced diet.

"With this program we get a choice of healthy food. We get milk, we get cereal, we get canned goods sometimes we get rice. It is a much needed program," said Hill.

By not having to worry about paying as much for food at the grocery store, seniors can spend their money on other expenses.

"After I pay my bills there is no rest of my income, I have about
$70 a month to pay for everything that I can't get with $20 worth of food stamps," said Roy Orr.

Moris says there is plenty of food to go around and people should not be afraid of utilizing the food bank's resources.

Food is available to seniors at 35 regional food shelves across the Northland.

Volunteers with second harvest will also deliver the boxes to people's homes if they can't get to a distribution location.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.